Feb 22, 2013 – Getting back out there is always fun after quite a long hiatus. It feels right to be back out and writing regularly. Apewind has been a long running dream of mine and I’m glad to get the chance to get it back up and running.

Intervene playing Circus

Intervene playing Circus

Let me start off by saying Circus is not normally the venue one wants to be “heard” in. The sound is usually mixed overpoweringly awkward and recently the vocals in many mixes have been nearly nonexistent. That being said, if one can sound good here, they would pretty much be set anywhere. Generally speaking the sound here is reminiscent of Bernie’s on a good night.

Our band tonight is Intervene, opening the show for Crème de la Femme, a rock and roll, burlesque, and comedy showcase. This show is something worth watching at some point in your life. The band consists of D Johnson on bass, Dan Calvin on drums, and Zel Marquis filling out the guitar and vocals. Johnson from the band described themselves as, “the slacker generation rip offs.”

D Johnson and Dan Calvin of Intervene

D Johnson and Dan Calvin of Intervene

Looking at the guys on stage I wasn’t sure what to expect. Johnson was adorned in a Soundgarden T, and testing his amp with some distorted bass effects, always a pleasant sound to my ears. Then the first song, “Scarlet” kicked off. It started with a very tinny sounding guitar riff that was quickly met with simplistic, yet effective drums. Then filled in nicely with bass. I was blown away at the fullness of their sound. It wasn’t too overbearing. The sound guy got just the right amount of everything in the mix.  Marquis began mumbling some non-descript lyrics; I couldn’t make out a single word of them. Wasn’t sure if it was poor judgment on the sound guys part or intended. These quickly gave way to screamed vocals, which I was not particular on. The entirety of the song seemed to consist of just three chords. These guys were nailing the simple yet effective musical style of the 90s.

Zel Marquis of Intervene playing Circus

Zel Marquis of Intervene playing Circus

The next song felt very much like the first, almost wouldn’t have noticed it was different save for a bass solo in the middle and it was well played. The screaming vocals continued, and I still wasn’t really into them. The next song was a bit of a gem. I was not enjoying the screaming so much and I was very surprised when Marquis began actual singing. I hate to say it, but wow, he should stick to the screaming.

The next few songs went by and I found myself losing interest. Well I was until “Whirlpool” started. This song was their strongest of the whole set. Marquis redeemed his singing, perhaps in the earlier attempt he was just not warmed up enough. The bass was rocking a great distorted tone. The drummer was filling everything else in, and surprisingly with a rather broken down four piece set with only two cymbals. In true 90s grunge rock style the song ended with a total cluster of falling apart sound. I was very pleased with this.

To end the night they finished with cover of Nirvana’s “Aneurysm.” Simply put, it’s not hard to cover Nirvana, but it is hard to cover Nirvana and sound really good. They pulled this off very well. It was very cool to hear this. Overall I’d say they are a worthwhile band to check out when you get a chance. The energy they put forth on stage could be easily felt, and their sound was very full for a three piece.

You can find Intervene on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/midwestgrunge

-V-