Review by Pete Mason
The weekly month-long residency of Albany prog-rock band Timbre Coup began last Thursday night with a rare acoustic set, for once having guitarists Dan Gerken and Andrew Chamberlaine, as well as bassist Ben Pickering sitting down for a two-hour-plus performance with Matt Pickering on drums behind them.
In a traditional style, the quartet was very different than their regular plugged-in shows. The change in filters accentuated a Rush-esque sound that was not unlike the equally rare Umphrey’s McGee acoustic sets, in that the show was subdued, and yet still loud and awesome.
Part of me loved the acoustic style of the show, but part of me longed for the regular sound that Timbre Coup puts forth in energetic sets. Fortunately, the best of both worlds is available this month with the band’s residency at Jillian’s, the first of the year from Guthrie/Bell Productions.