Center of the Sun
Nov. 3, 2012
Set amidst a backdrop of thunderous drums courtesy of Benny Gascho, crunchy chords from Young and In the Way guitarists Chris Nolen and Rick Contes and bass rhythms by ex-Grids' Joe Elmore, singer Ally Hoffmann gets dreamy while keeping her head out of the clouds. The music is rooted in rock and some '80s gloom while keeping itself free from overly pop ideas.
Hoffman's lighter tone balances the shoegaze-based music's darker overtones for a sound that's easily accessible and kept the Milestone crowd entranced. "I think a few people were actually gazing at their shoes," one crowd member joked as the set came to a close.
Center of the Sun's brief but powerful performance was sandwiched between sets by Charlotte acts Late Bloomer, One Another and Scowl Brow. The rock trio Late Bloomer has improved immensely over time, creating a stronger bed of '80s and '90s-influenced indie rock while Scowl Brow never fails to impress with its garage-punk rock supported by some of the most honest lyrics the city has to offer.