To my recollection, it was a cold winter evening when my friend Sam dragged me 40 minutes from my house via public transportation to the Tufts University campus for a house show. I hadn’t heard of any of the bands playing and begrudgingly followed him based purely on his enthusiasm and a “just trust me”. As Kylesa began setting up their wall of amps and giant drums in a living room smaller then most club stages, I noticed Jake Bannon lurking by the merch table. I knew who he was, so I figured that was at least two people whose tastes I trusted vouching for the bands that night. When Kylesa started playing it was like a jet plane taking off. Myself and the 20 other people crammed into the room were pushed against the walls by volume and apparently the cops were just as impressed as I was, showing up 20 minutes or so into the set.
Numerous years and albums later, Kylesa took the stage at Great Scott two nights ago with more instruments then ever. The set was full of tribal percussion, keyboards, two drummers, theramin and most importantly, the duel vocal/guitar attack of Laura and Phillip that has always made this band unique. When their current tour swings through your town, go check it out, trust me.