Wednesday, September 10, 2014

T0W3RS - "Silk Hope/M.P.D.B." - Hopscotch 2014 (Pour House, 9/6/14)

I'll post photos later (of this and other Hopscotch shows), but I just wanted to get this one out there since so many are mentioning this set as a highlight.  I tried to clean up the audio to no avail, so please excuse the "too-near-the-speakers" flub.

This full-band set by the normally solo T0W3RS was, by my reckoning, the single best set of the this year's Hopscotch Music Festival.  It was at the Pour House in Raleigh, and included (depending on the song) up to a 10 or so people onstage, including a team of acrobats! (sadly not in this video, but as I mentioned, photos to come later)  Philip Pledger from Winston-Salem's Estrangers and Phuzz Records pops in for a little guitar near the end.  Other bandmembers come in large part from Chapel Hill's Virgins Family Band.

I've seen T0W3RS play many times, and they just get better and better.  This return to the band format (after a year or so solo) upped the ante even further.  Derek Torres's T0W3RS is one of the very best in a fertile Triangle music scene, and hopefully, more will find this out with the release of his album, TL;DR,  on Phuzz Records in November.

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