Us & Us Only Microshow

The variety of styles in Us and Us Only’s back catalogue, as well as the versatility of “Dark Cloud Past” itself makes it difficult to pigeonhole the band to a limited genre or style. Apocalyptic horns make foreboding tracks like “Dark House” seem that much darker next to more buoyant tunes “Seed” and “You Were a Writer.” Above it all, vocalist Kinsey Matthews’ unmistakable voice and the vivid pictures painted by his deeply personal lyrics make every song instantly recognizable as the work of Us and Us Only.

Between songs, Matthews engaged the audience in playful banter, offering jokes on a variety of his favorite topics – pagers, Star Wars, Chris Farley, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Randy Newman and, of course, his fellow bandmates. Those familiar with the band’s output attempted to suppress laughter, as the group put together an impromptu reggae cover of one of their early originals, “Postcards.” Though they had to rearrange many of their songs for the smaller, cozier venue, Us and Us Only delivered a performance that registered as intimate, without once losing any of the passion or power of their louder shows.

 

Credits

Recorded on November 15, 2012 at Mobtown Studios

Guitar and vocals by Kinsey Matthews

Bass by Jacob Foster

Violin by Mike Suica

Drums by Sean Mercer

Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman

Engineered by Sean Mercer

Artwork by David Manchester