Thee Silver Mt Zion - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

Thee Silver Mt Zion - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA

by Brian Lange. Rating:9 Release Date:2012-06-03

In a room pungent with the aroma of PBR, hemp and BO, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, aka A Silver Mt. Zion, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band with Choir, and Thee Silver Mountain Reveries, continues to put on a spectacle of not only ever changing band names, but an orgasmic wave of sound unparalleled in live music.

I have been on tour with ASMZ since the release of Horses in the Sky, in 2005; that is, I have attended at least one show on every tour in support of a new record. I remember humble beginnings when singer/songwriter Efrim Menuck would announce before each show how many they've played. He'd meander about the venue with minimal interference from zealous fans, play in a cramped space with no light show... Not much has changed since then. 

He doesn't announce how many shows they've played anymore, but you'll still catch the band (if you recognize them) sitting around outside or in the venue catching the opening act. Menuck will never disappoint you with his raconteuring talent. Every moment of every day seems to provide him fodder for stories, which the fans have learned to know and love throughout the years.

Check out the merch booth and you'll probably see one of the five members there at any given time. By the way, they're friendly as hell so don't be shy about stopping by to say hello. If you've toured with them often, it's likely they'll remember you. These shows never get too crowded (which I can never understand as they have to be one of the best live acts in the world right now).

Opening act, local Seattle boy Jherek Bischoff, deserves a very special mention as well. He holds his own and puts on just as good a show as ASMZ. His music is absolutely worth checking out.

I don't know if it was the venue, my being in a new city, or having not seen A Silver Mt. Zion in a while, but there was a time where I felt they were off the beaten path with their live shows for a while. This show has put me right back on the horse. It's easily one of the better shows I've attended. 

As one can imagine, a comfortable and harmonious unison of factors need to occur for this to happen. The venue, the crowd, your own state of mind, and the band. Well, the band is just as enthusiastic and appreciative as they have always been. 

They're not one of those bands that is going to hash up old songs, fan favorites, radio hits (that's a joke). Their setlist tonight consists almost exclusively songs from the new record. They don't even dig up crowd favorite 'God Bless Our Dead Marines' for the encore. 

But you know what? That's okay. This is ASMZ, and they always put on a fantastic show. Bands need to evolve, and though the ASMZ sound is relatively unmistakable, you can hear that they are ever-changing and evolving. A reliance on old songs is just an indication of insecurity and ASMZ could probably "care less what you think" because they want to continue to produce beautiful music. You won't want to miss ASMZ next time they're in town.

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