November 12, 2005
PHOTOS AND WORDS: DAVID TERRELL
Mesmerizing, reminiscent, suitable, resplendent. Just a few appropriate words to sum up the night. Bipolaroid played their last show in New Orleans for a while and left in a fitting, memorable way. The show captured my attention, and being one of the first shows I have paid for post-Katrina, I would say it was $5 well spent. The entire feel that night was incredible. The audience was attentive, and the all-around mood of the band was at an all-time high, evidenced by jokes shared by bassist DC Harbold and guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Glover.
One thing that makes Bipolaroid distinct and special is that out of all the bands that try to stick to the roots of a certain era or decade, no band does so in such a precise and kosher style. Looking at Glover's album collection, I could understand why. You'd have to search really hard to find anything modern. Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, The Who, The Monkees, and The Zombies. Guided by Voices would be the closest thing to modern.
Psychedelic bliss was the feel of Bipolaroid's music. Going into the Circle bar Saturday night was like stepping into a musical time warp that had no tainted post-rock aftertaste. Pedals galore and rock star attitude.
I had a chance to exchange a few words with Ben Glover after the show, and in a nutshell, he told me as follows:
The band is not breaking up any time soon. They're going on tour in a month, maybe two--they just need to figure out everything. The mood, the feel, and the show in general was really great and Glover felt as though the show was a fitting and heartfelt goodbye for now.
Gone for now, but not out for the count. Bipolaroid will do more shows in New Orleans eventually, and you should definitely see them if you ever get another chance to--you won't regret it.