Photos + Review | Tall Tall Trees + Seryn + The Naked Stills @ Great Scott

Tall Tall Trees at Great Scott
Photos by Boston Concert Photography

There’s no other way to put this Boston folks. If you missed last week’s phenomenal show featuring our very own The Naked Stills, Nashville band Seryn, and New York City’s Tall Tall Trees, well then you need to rethink your musical priorities!

On Thursday, April 23rd yours truly, accompanied by the Music Savage photography wizard whose images grace this write-up, arrived at a packed Great Scott, weary from a long week and unsure how we would be able to gather our second wind.

All of that exhaustion faded away the moment Boston boys The Naked Stills took the stage. Kicking off their set with a fantastic cover of Band of Horses’ “Laredo” the band quickly had the home crowd moving and shaking off the work day fatigue. The set-list focused on songs from their debut full length album, Cochecho, including the perfect goodbye to our horrible winter number, “Touchdown in Boston.” These guys are local venue regulars, so be on the lookout for their next show and get yourselves there.

Keeping the momentum going when you are the middle band can be tough in a three act show. This was not the case with Nashville six-piece Seryn. If I were to sum up their performance in two words they would simply be Holy Smokes! The entire band managed to fit themselves, and all of their equipment, on the notoriously small stage and bring the house down with the energetic equivalent of an all out stadium show. They are touring on their amazing sophomore LP, Shadow Shows, which was absolutely made to be played live, with uplifting harmonies and layers upon layers of swirling strings and pulsing beats . Big things, including bigger stages, are in store for Seryn.

Closing out the evening was a veritable virtuoso of banjo badassness otherwise known as Tall Tall Trees. The New York City musician can’t, and won’t, be nailed down by any type of genre qualifying adjectives as he performed with all sorts of light-pulsating gadgets and doohickeys, including a modified toy laser gun. His banjo was one part drum, one part electric guitar, and one part light-emitting diode, all mixed together into one glorious Transformer of sound. We dubbed it “Headbangjo” music. Taking the TTT show solo for the night, Mike Savino occupied every corner of the room, and our heads, with a performance which could be both seen and heard from space.

Check out a brand-spanking new Tall Tall Trees song and a few super-duper snaps of all the fun.