It may be too early to call, but Monday night at Strange Matter already feels like the best gig of the week after killer sets from Austin’s Growl and locals Nic Perea, Ruth Good and Cream Dream.
Nic Perea of Camp Howard opened the show with a brief but magnetic solo set, setting the bar high for the rest of the night with his excellent songwriting and heartfelt performance.
Ruth Good, featuring brothers Allen, JP and Wes Parker backed by Raphael Katchinoff, took the stage next. The group just played their first show last Friday, and this was their first time performing at a venue. But the musical connection between the brothers Parker and old friend Katchinoff was so tight you could never tell. Don’t sleep on this band, they are definitely the real deal.
Next up was garage pop quartet Growl, whose sun-drenched melodies draw comparisons to Surfer Blood and Alvvays as readily as Pavement and Built to Spill. Songs from their debut LP, Won’t You, and some even newer ones, had an energy and immediacy that surpassed the already great recordings. If you’re into Fat Spirit, Camp Howard or Buddy List, you should totally check these guys out.
Local trio Cream Dream wrapped up the night with a playful and melodic set of jazzy indie pop. Between songs they mentioned a new release coming soon, so definitely keep an eye out for that later this week!
Check out photos from the show by Craig Zirpolo below: