Washer is the Brooklyn-based duo of Mike Quigley (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kieran McShane (drums). This past Friday night at Palisades, these econo-jammers tore through an impressive ten song set in a staggering twenty-five minutes. Their longest songs of the night barely pass the three-minute mark while their shortest, “Safe Place,” clocks in at under a minute. But what’s consistent throughout is how refreshing the songs sound, lacking any hint of pretension, artifice, or embellishment. Nothing wasted, these songs plow right into you, sink their hooks in, and don’t outstay their welcome. Only three songs from their Palisades set have so far been released: “Rinse & Spit” and “Rot” are hot off their recent split single with Big Ups, out on Exploding in Sound Records, and “Bass 1” is off last year’s self-released cassette EP, Bighead. The rest of the songs remain to be released and show loads of promise. Personal highlights include the indie-rocker “Clid,” distorted punker “Porky,” and the chilled-out “This Land.”
I recorded this set with the AKG cardioids at the soundboard, plus a feed from Palisades FOH Ariel. The sound is slightly rough around the edges, but authentic to the night’s experience. Enjoy!
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Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Soundboard (engineer: Ariel) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV(24/48) > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, EQ, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)
01. Rinse & Spit
04. Bass 1
07. This Land
08. Figure Me Out
09. Safe Place
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