The start of July is a pivotal part of the year - it ushers in vacation season and it's accompanied by plenty of holiday festivities as well. I had a chance to get out and travel a bit to visit my friends on the west end of the state (it is a yearly tradition to do family photos) and it wouldn't be a good vacation if there wasn't a chance to see some live music. Thankfully, fireworks weren't the only attraction. Volume One, a local Eau Claire publication, hosts a regular showcase of artists and this iteration fell right on the holiday.
It's always interesting to see how artists vary region to region. The differences are more noticeable in larger metros, where the overall diversity in sound tends to grow. In smaller areas, I typically find a number of bands with a shared sound. Ultimately, the showcase was a bit of a refreshing experience as the artists were some of the more creative acts I've seen in a bit.
Here's a breakdown of each of the artists from the night.
Orenda Fugue is an alternative rock/progressive metal band that borrows influences from Tool and Karnivool. Frontman Sean Hanson's vocals are reminiscent of Phil Collins at times. All in all, it's not a style that's all that esoteric but it's rare enough locally that they stand out from more blatant hard rock acts. Their 2018 debut, Revel, is available digitally.