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Photos: The Japanese, Jacco Gardner Take WestCo Cafe

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This weekend represented a moment of renewal for a number of student bands. For one, on Thursday, the Japanese, now featuring plaintive songwriting and Adrien DeFontaine ’13s new hairdo, returned to activity after a long hiatus. Also, Grand Cousin (who I do remember, bawwwk, was once called Grandfather) has perhaps made the ranks this weekend  as hardest-working or most persistently present Wesleyan band, what with their two appearance on concert headers and avant-garde new music video. Also, Featherwood Bee (on Thursday) continued being awesome, and O Presidente continued to prove that they can’t keep themselves away for long after their debut album release.

One of the few outsiders thrown into this mix was Jacco Gardner, the NPR-acclaimed Dutch producer and multi-instrumentalist, and his bandmates, who played on Friday night. Their music was soothingly atmospheric, balancing on the historical cusp between mid-60s mod rock and late-60s psychedelia. Songs like “The Ballad of Little Jane” had just the right amount of creepiness, and reminded me of the Rolling Stones in their Brian Jones era. Jacco was endearingly sincere, expressing gratitude to the crowd and excitement for their adventures in America (it was their first time playing on this side of the pond) and imminent trip to SXSW. The drummer wore sunglasses indoors, which I can both respect and suspect for a lad from the pot-soaked Netherlands.

Click through for some video of Johnny Love and the Heartmen from A-Batte ’13 and some jumbled-together photos from me (Eric Lopez ’15‘s set makes for a more complete document).

TNGHT: TH JPNS, GRND CSN, JHNNY LV ND TH HRTMN T WSTC CF

Whr th vwls t? drn “Jpns Blnd” DFntn ’13 xplns:

This is it. The show you never thought would happen. Three bands. That you have probably heard of but never seen. Return. To. Campus. Period. [Click pic for short version of this.]

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The Japanese resurface after nearly two years of conducting subterranean experiments. The last time you saw them, they opened for Lightning Bolt during Insanity Weekend ’11. Now they’re back together for the first time. Again. Watch their super-NSFW vid here, and come ready to party/die.

Grand Cousin changes names like that girl from your high school on Facebook. Whatever you call them, they play rock and/or roll and want you to come see them. Robby “Ronald” Caplan ’14 (bass), Evan “Que Lastima” Low ’14 (drums), and Henry “Seed” Hall ’14 (vox/tar) promise it will be “the fun.”

Johnny Love and the Heartmen have (has?) never played at WestCo Café, and you won’t want to miss them (him?). “Equal parts dulcet and abrasive, his gloomy baritone will inspire everyone, be they big or fat or nothing at all. He truly is one of the last great geniuses.” #startedfromthebottom

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