Meredith Meyer with Eureeka!, Head Cabinets and The Pizza Thieves
9 p.m. Friday
113 N. Crawford, Norman
Heading back west across Main, I and two friends headed to The Brewhouse to catch Head Cabinets. Having heard nothing about them at all, I was immediately glad that we stopped in. The married duo features a guy on guitar and a girl on cello, with vocals from both. The duo’s acoustic-based songs are similar to old-school Mountain Goats, if John Darnielle and Rachel Ware had the effervescent pop charm of Mates of State and the enthusiasm of Matt and Kim. The considerable rough edges of the guy’s vocals and guitar playing were rounded off by the cello and sweet female vocals, creating an endearing sound that’s hard to dislike.
One of my friends also noted how good their music sounded in The Brewhouse, which was a tribute to the soundman as well as a good band/venue pairing by whoever does that sort of thing for NMF. The cello was a bit quiet occasionally, but that’s the only complaint.
Amidst the clapping, tambourine shaking, singing and smiling, it was easy to miss the lyrics, which were about all sorts of great things: vampires, zombies, religious topics and more. Even though there are only two members, this band is the full package. Head Cabinets is a real-deal, do-not-miss band.
Look forward to more coverage of Thursday (including a triumphant set from The Neighborhood), Friday and Saturday’s NMF events on Monday.
After Head Cabinets' thoroughly engaging set, my party needed some food. We ordered Bison Witches sandwiches to go, then stopped in at Bigfoot Creative to visit a friend workin' late. We admired their (relatively) new storefront, which was stocked to the hilt with quirky Oklahoma-reppin' tees. I want a Norman one.
Our visual art impulses satiated, we kicked it to Bluebonnet, where O Fidelis was setting up ... and setting up and setting up. Songwriters Brian Gilliland and Laney Coker played a two-song acoustic set to cover the space the technical problems were creating, and it was a neat way to hear them. I'd like to see more of that. With all the equipment in place, they tore through an abbreviated version of their set, which featured slightly different arrangements of familiar O Fidelis tunes. I'm taking this to mean that their promised release "Bible Promises and Dinosaurs" must be near, what with the revisiting old songs. They brought a ferocious energy to their tunes, as usual, once again reminding me that I just love watching them play. If you haven't seen O Fidelis yet, you're just in the wrong. Do it now.
Depth and Current is incredibly well-named, because their low, heavy songs sometimes feel like a heavy wave hitting swimmers. They set up red lights on themselves, casting an eerie glow over everything. Their songs were incredibly tight and impressive in their power. I especially enjoyed the fact that they had learned how to play a remix of one of their tunes.