For the first time, three of Honolulu’s top indie rock bands were showcased Saturday night at the Honolulu Academy of Arts’ debut of Art, Rock and Video.
Linus (pictured), Clones of the Queen and Shopping List played before an appreciative audience in the Doris Duke Theatre. All bands augmented their on-stage performances with projected videos, either assembled by the bands themselves, or in the case of Linus, live image mixing courtesy Joseph Pa‘ahana of the Drop Shadows.
Doing its penultimate gig before the band’s demise, Linus showed the confidence accrued by being a decade together, particularly original members David Neely and Nik Daubert. The band was in fine form and played a varied set of old and current favorites, plus even a couple of newer songs from their upcoming album.
The ambient dance sound of Clones of the Queen sounded better when the house PA was finally turned up on their last song, and Shopping List’s opening set was well-received, with the synchronized lighting designed by frontman Grey Jennings adding atmosphere to the emotional, angular music.
All in all, a worthy first-time effort by event organizer Josh Hancock, who said the next time around, he may opt for using the museum’s main courtyard, including drink service.