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FILTER HAPPIER | Trying To Rush Everything – EP Release

The 16th of July was a great night for the band FILTER HAPPIER (previously known as Banana Elephant), as not only did they give their audience a wonderful performance, but their first appearance as a new band was made, and their first EP, released.

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Although entering the event was a long wait, the atmosphere of the venue was very soothing, as people moved their feet to the flashing lights of the dance floor, while others drank and conversed to the refreshing breeze of the refurbished upper floor of The Grand Factory. The sound system was clearly audible throughout the whole venue, and still allowed people to carry on a decent conversation. With that, the Grand Factory proved to be a very convenient location that complemented both the vibes of FILTER HAPPIER and the musical style of “Trying To Rush Everything“, the newly released EP.

Set List:

  1. Intro
  2. YSF
  3. Circles
  4. Drown
  5. Glow
  6. Dust
  7. Tomorrow (Daughter cover)
  8. Home
  9. A dark
  10. Radiobed

Before Filter Happier punctually made their way to the stage, people grabbed their drinks from the bar, while some danced to the DJ’s great set-list, and others socialized for the sake of a good night. With a decent venue, also came a great performance. The only thing that needs to be worked on is the band’s transitions from song to song and their tension on stage (which will inevitably subside and improve with time), as it was a slight setback to the atmosphere of the music. Regardless, most of the audience swayed to the sound of the music and found it quite difficult to wipe the smile they had off of their faces. And considering the band’s transition from Banana Elephant to Filter Happier, that is an excellent sign.

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The musical genre of the EP is also very compatible with the name of the band, as it touches at dream pop, shoegaze, and post-rock, and gives off quite the euphoric feel (we will post a full review about the EP soon, so stay tuned). The microphone seemed to give the band some trouble towards the beginning of the show, but that didn’t stop them from giving a killer performance, as the technical difficulty was hard to notice. The show was crowned by the band’s exceptional energy and magical connection with the crowd, and was followed by C U NXT SAT’s exhilarating DJ line-up .

The feedback from the audience was also very great, and everyone seemed to be having an ecstatic Saturday night. With that, your fans are surely awaiting your next gig and what is yet to come. The Metal Bell team wishes you the best of luck on the rest of your musical journey!

Filter Happier will be performing at WICKERPARK Music Festival Saturday September 10, 2016.

Band Members:

Ada Harb (Vocals)
Camille Cabbabé (Guitar)
Elie Abdelnour (Bass and Vocals)
Elie El Khoury (Drums)
Georgy Flouty (Guitar and Vocals)


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Post Nothing, Yukunkun – March 16th

Bands: Kinematic, Lambajain, Sun and Moth

Location: Yukunkun, Gemmayze

Date: March 16th, 2016

Doors open at 9:30 pm

Band charge: 15,000 L.L.

If you are a post rock and psychedelic rock fan, this is one event you should not miss!

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LAMBAJAIN | First Gig First Review

Last week, I had the privilege of attending LAMBAJAIN‘s incredible gig at Yukunkun, and it was on spot.

The gig debuted with the talented Perla Moujabber whose captivating voice was striking as she performed “Medicine” by Daughter, and another song by Damien Rice. I personally think that she could’ve come up with a better set list (something experimental for examLambajain Live   ple would be a better opener), but what she did perform, she did a great job singing it.

The band started with “First Breath After Coma” by Explosions in the Sky, and they traumatized us with the enigmatic heaviness. I had a hard time writing this review probably because I was listening to EITS, and you know the amount of mixed feelings you get while doing that, but this is not about me, this is about Andrew, Andre, Charbel, Rami, Joe, Ramela, and Elite who perfected a richly textured selection of some of the greatest post-rock pieces. You could easily tell from their first song that you were in for a great show, whether it was the stunning soundscapes, the balance between darkness/terror and light/bliss, the weeping crescendos or even the combination of all the mentioned aspects. Let’s not forget to mention the stunning visuals, the cool part is that no matter how hypnotizing they got at some points, you’d still manage to capture the ambiance of the music, simply because it was that great .

 

Technically speaking, you can clearly notice the effort these guys put in their work for they sounded very harmonious when it comes to transitions, and they proved that in their covers of songs that tended to build up slowly and then erupt into an ensemble of chaotic distortions and fast-paced drums, here I must add that the drummer was top notch (He’s not a permanent member of the band though). Ramela is a brilliant violinist, she’d effortlessly approach her section and then add this “warmness” to the atmosphere, together with Joe’s well-structured synth tunes, the sound was very cinematic . As for the guitarists, Andre, Rami, and, Andrew showcased a spectacular orchestration.

Lambajain_Yukunkun (3)The sound quality was very decent and the band had little/no technical difficulties. I, for example, prefer the sound at Yukunkun to a number of other venues, the cinematic vibe was obviously there which is just an evidence of the sound’s fairness. The trio managed to preserve (not replicate, because what they did was beyond just copying the same loops and effects…) all the soundscapes and the professional ambiance of all the covers, especially the mashups between EITS and Mogwai, my favorite was the “Yasmin/ Fear Satan” blend. This, alongside the original piece, was the highlight of their performance. The crafting of sound on the original is a work of highly professional songwriters. Andrew’s lead guitar sound was multi-layered in both the swift build-ups and the bittersweet climaxes, Rami’s trademark sound was very impressive in his innovative approach of blasting some great sound effects by using chopsticks to play guitar (He’s the experimental sound guy obviously), and Andre’s gorgeous string lines were a perfect compliment to this festival of notes. As for bass, Charbel added a solid harmony to magnify the “head-nodding to head-banging” atmosphere.

“Music is bigger than words and wider than pictures.” Mogwai. This is precisely the feeling Lambajain promoted in their gig.

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Lambajain, Yukunkun – January 24th 2016

Lambajain, Yukunkun Gemmayze on January 24th 2016.

Band: Lambajain

Date: January 24th 2016, 9:00 pm

Location: Yukunkun, Gemmayze

Entrance fee: 15,000 L.L.

Lambajain take on Yukunkun with their Post Rock vibes and a new line-up.

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