The long brisk Alston night culminated in K Ishibashi sitting alone, completely exhausted, just outside the Harvard Ave & Commonwealth bus shelter. It was one in the morning and no busses would be arriving – but nobody seemed to care, fans milled about enthusiastically recalling another stunning performance.
However this post isn’t about Kishi, it’s about the second of two opening acts last night’s sold out show at Great Scott, Tall Tall Trees. While in the past Tall Tall Trees may have been a four or even seven man outfit, during this tour it’s a solo act. Likely tearing a page straight out of Mr. Bashi’s playbook, banjo frontman Mike Savino loops and layers himself into a surprisingly robust stage sound, at times beating on his instrument with drumsticks, violin bows, and his hands until he is bounding across the stage to his own revolving dance track.
His last release, Moment, includes bandmates Kyle Sanna, Benjamin Cambell, and Mathias Kunzli, none of who were present at the show. If additional firepower was required, Savino would introduce “his friend K” and the two would jam, an unlikely duet of rock violin & rhythm banjo.