Concert Review + Photography: The Bynars CD Release at Great Scott (Allston, MA)

The Bynars (Boston), Bearstronaut (Boston), Sincerely The Management (Boston), Every Other Country (Fitchburg, MA)
May 4th, 2011
Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts

May the fourth have been with you. It certainly was with The Bynars Wednesday night for the CD release show and party of their self-titled debut. The five-piece managed to celebrate both the birth of their new album and Star Wars day in one motion by taking the stage to John Williams’ iconic film score, which soared through the sound system. The band took their time setting up but the energy remained lively throughout once they got going. Songs were fairly quick and with little down time between. This resulted in easily grabbing the audience’s attention.

The great thing about seeing The Bynars live is the variety of sounds and rhythms their songs offer. It allows them the ability to switch things up from song to song all the while keeping it upbeat and exciting. Songs translated well to the stage complete with vocalist Denise Orxata singing through a vocal synth pedal, which added a robotic tinge to her voice on the fly. “Most energetic” goes to guitarist and vocalist Matt Jatkola. He allowed himself no time to relax between singing and jumping around with his guitar.

 Of course a party is not much of a party by yourself. The Bynars invited some great acts along. Up first was Every Other Country who I am sorry to say I missed. I did however get there just in time for Allston locals, Sincerely The Management. STM’s sound reminded me of a mix between Senses Fail and Chromeo; think screaming vocals, fast chords, and electronics. These guys moved around so much it was almost inpossible to captured them on film unblurred.

Following STM was Bearstronaut; another local group with a tight, funky sound. Bearstronaut built an intimate connection with the crowd that got virtually everyone on the floor dancing. Their infectious take on New Wave had just the right amount of Talking Heads inspiration. Surprisingly, the dancing did not roll over to The Bynars set. Bearstonaut announced that they will be releasing an album of their own in the coming months. Everyone should keep an eye out for that.

The Bynars

Bearstronaut

Sincerely the Management

Thoughts?