Friday night's Privates EP Release Show was one of those special Nashville evenings--when every band on the bill is rock solid and it seems like every person you know is there, drinking beer and talking shit. Opening up was The Garland Sisters, fronted by rapidly rising local star Tristen. With a beautiful voice leading the charge and a fleshed-out, quirky, Americana-tinged sound--augmented by strings--the band managed to impress everyone who arrived early enough to catch them.
Next up were Hotpipes, who tried out a couple new tracks before launching into some standouts from their recent Future Bolt. By the time frontman Jonathan Rogers started in on the familiar, undeniable title track, the crowd had reached a steady hum. (Meanwhile the guy in front of us--deep in stand-up spoon with his lady--used the music's momentum to power his subtle slide back, all up in our grill.) By the time their set ended, the place was packed.
The Privates opened their set with an announcement by frontman Dave Paulson: This would be utility man Ryan Norris' last show before departing for Germany, where he would joining his girlfriend in the land of beer and brats. (The Privates aren't the only local band mainstay Norris is forsaking.) They then embarked on a full run-down of the guest of honor--their new EP Motion. Recorded at Battletapes, the local favorites' latest effort opens with the band's signature energetic jolt, before slowing down for a quick break with the title track. By the time frontman Dave Paulson & Co. launched into some classics--we will never, ever get tired of "Heart's Got a Hole"--the crowd had thinned somewhat, but the remaining night owls knew every word, and knew enough to know that it might be a while before they'd see the Privates intact again. (Wow, that sounds kinda dirty.)