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Western Aerial

Live in Portland, Oregon, January 2013

Review by Larry Toering

In getting out to finally see Western Aerial, I wasn't expecting them on this bill but was excited to find that to be the case.  I was originally planning on reviewing one of the other acts, and got this opportunity as a bonus to that. They have a lot of energy and really know how to rock a crowd, and both their current and former drummers were there to make it a special night that was dedicated to a local band manager and label owner. These guys are truly amazing, and I’m certainly not the only person to say that.

They jammed out on a great set full of their tunes which included tracks such as “Rollin',” from their latest EP, which followed a string of full CD releases. One thing I recall most evidently is how intently the crowd reacted to this band, considering they were the middle act on the bill. They really helped kick the show into gear for the headliner. One member in particular who put in a scorching performance was current drummer Kevin Rankin. He’s featured on their latest release and co-wrote songs.  This is one local guy who's been around the block, and brings massive energy to everything he touches. While their former drummer was on the stool, Rankin high fived the crowd and supported the other guys on stage.

Larry Toering
Larry Toering

If I could have one thing different to take away with my memory of this show, it would be to witness an entire headlining set from this act. Still, I take what I can get, especially concerning premiere talent such as this. They simply rocked my socks off and then some. What a hot live act they are, and a real fan friendly bunch, as well. There was so much energy in the Doug Fir Lounge that night that it was something I don't think I'll forget. From the commotion going on outside when I got there, which happened to unfortunately include paramedics, to every last minute of the concert. If you've never seen Western Aerial, don't miss any future opportunities, because they're a rare talent to find and deserve every bit of support they get. I know I've missed a lot of opportunities to see them myself, as I cover a large variety of PNW bands.

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Larry Toering
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