Thursday night was a good night for local indie rock in Athens, Ohio. Having a (surprisingly) free show at The Union were the lo-fi, surf-gaze-rock-what-have-you bands Whale Zombie, Seascapes and Manor Animals. With both Manor Animals and Seascapes containing members (Zach Inscho and Tim Race) from the former Athens indie enterprise Russenorsk, you know you are going to have a good time.
I unfortunately only got to the show in time to catch the end of Whale Zombie’s set, but what I did hear sounded superb as I headed to the back of the bar to find the two other bands scratching set lists into napkins and throwing back drinks to calm their nerves. Seascapes really perked up the crowd with their surf-inspired indie rock, and everyone was ready to go when the Manor Animals came onto the stage.
Named such because all the members live together in the house dubbed Bruce Manor on West Union, these gangly boys toppled onto the stage and ruled the stage with that classic Midwestern indie we ACRN-ers have all grown to love. While the crowd was small, the music was big, making this show a great kick-off to the weekend.
-Kelly Kettering, Features Editor
Photos by Kaitlyn Bernauer