The Owl Acoustic Lounge as all about indie rock, Friday, Dec. 6 as Calgary’s Hunger Hush and local band the Utilities played for a decent sized crowd.
I caught the end of an impressive set of catchy indie rock from the Utilities which blended elements of Vancouver indie rock along the lines of Said the Whale and catchy ’90s rock like the Gin Blossoms.
There were layers of ambient guitar and a bit of feedback near the end. It has been a while since I’ve seen them and they have improved a lot since then.
Hunger Hush was impressive.
Their set was more alt country driven, with a lot of groovy bass and catchy pop and rock like a blend of Wilco and a touch of Jesse and the Dandelions indie rock.
They also had excellent vocal harmonies.
What was impressive was how everybody switched up instruments throughout the set. In addition to a lot of guitar, appealing vocal melodies and harmonies and some keyboards, they even added trumpet for a couple songs, which drew a lot of applause.