Animal Alphabet, Shenandoah Davis, Prypyat | Nightlight | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Animal Alphabet, Shenandoah Davis, Prypyat 

When: Thu., Nov. 3, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

Animal Alphabet started in a coffee shop. That's not exactly a new origin story, but it's an interesting, telling point when considered alongside the surprising lack of recognition the band has received to this point. They take moody alternative rock—largely in the mode of early Radiohead—and strip it down to chamber pop sensibilities. Minimal electric guitar prickles through, washed over with brooding cello. It's expansive but also reserved, gaining a sense of size with layering parts. It's challenging but accessible, but like the soundtracks in most espresso shacks, it's been largely ignored.

In this case, the coffee shop was the Daily Grind on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus. Singer/ guitarist Simon McGorman and cellist Emma Dunlap-Grube met while working there; they decided to jam on some of McGorman's songs. After about a year they decided to stretch their sound, bringing on bassist Catherine Steele and drummer Marc Allen. They released the Adult Teeth EP last year for free download, and they hope to record a full-length soon.

"The way we work is kind of similar to a chamber group," McGorman says. "I hope that we feature all the instruments equally and kind of trade off focuses from time to time within the song." —Jordan Lawrence

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