When Sweet Bread Productions began filming live bands more than a decade ago, some of our first projects included Facing New York and Gavin Castleton. Over the summer, Rare Futures, ex-FNY multi-instrumentalist Matt Fazzi's current main band (the dude's in like 5 others at any given time—seriously he's like the Forrest Gump of weird groovy indie prog) and Castleton released an excellent split EP of cover songs and went on tour. Their set was more or less equal parts Rare Futures and Castleton songs with the aforementioned covers in the mix. These videos are from the last stop on that tour, at Redding, California's The Dip Bar. The 30-odd people that showed up had their minds blown.
Philadelphia post-metal band Rosetta recently embarked on their first West Coast tour in several years in support of their new album Utopioid. I've long been fans and hadn't seen them live since around 2010 during a visit to New York, back before they became a five-piece band with the addition of guitarist/singer Eric Jernigan.
Bit of a challenging shoot as the venue was incredibly dark (a pattern I've noticed with proggy East Coast metal bands—what gives) but a great set of material from their most recent four albums. We've chosen to prioritize Utopioid stuff here because it's new and there's not really much footage floating around of them playing it yet. They did work in "Untitled I" from 2015's Quintessential Ephemera which is my personal favorite Rosetta song and album, will likely edit and post that soonish.
We filmed all three bands that played at Crockett's Toot's Tavern on February 17. Surprised to realize this was the first show we've officially shot in our hometown.
The lineup was
- Exit 27
- Fukm (ex-Maxwell Adams members)
- Cantell (first show, ex-Maxwell Adams, Saint Vernon, Thought Crime members)