by Andrew Crisp
Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, wasn't the best night for a concert. And while the Lost Lander show at Visual Arts Collective began well after the game was over, Boise was sleeping off a serious potato-skin binge. Or at least, that's what the small crowd suggested
While the show was slated to start at 7 p.m., Portland, Ore.'s Lost Lander sound-checked obnoxiously long until 8:30 p.m. When they finally finished, the numbers within VAC had swelled to roughly 20. It's not easy for a musician to take a stage with a small crowd, but the evening's performers made the most of it.
Opening act Ben Kirby, the man behind local band Sun Blood Stories, regaled the crowd with his honest, bluesy set. The acoustic wunderkind even broke out the slide for some old-fashioned flair. Kirby's crooning was reminiscent of Neil Young or a young Bob Dylan.
"Can I just play here every week?" joked Nick Delffs, frontman for Death Songs. "This guy over here said I could."
But headlining act Lost Lander stole the show. A highlight from the set involved Sarah Fennell's expert use of feedback between two cell phones. The droning, ethereal sound gave a modern twist to a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper."
The evening's rough edges were rounded out by the final act, Boise's With Child. Together, the four bands made a small show intimate and proved that Super Bowl Sunday is better spent off your fanny.