Town House Rock House, St. John's NL, May 12
Published May 13, 2017With post-rock ambiance and ever-building rhythmic patterns, Town House perform songs that are equally informed by stillness and motion. There's a pensiveness within their engagement with both, letting music simmer and simmer for long stretches before the heat is too much, and arrangements boil over.
Mellyssa Vey centres the band, on vocals/piano/guitar, but it's her singing that pops out the most from guitarist Curtis Smith's textured droning and surprising attack. Bassist Mike Dray and drummer Tyler Stanley anchor the music steadily, as Vey adds dynamic vocal flourishes and phrasing that draw most of our focus. There are elements of pop structure songwriting discipline within Town House that make them accessible enough but the full force of the band makes them thoughtfully elusive.