After the energetic blast of Whiskey Shivers, Holy Fiction calmed the room with their spacious art-pop. The band composes sweeping, room-filling tunes without heavy instrumental trappings; while the band include a violinist, the string contributions were never overly featured. The violinist instead contributed to the atmosphere, the goal of many Holy Fiction songs. Synth washes, guitar, drums and bass added to the sound, but none particularly was featured. The song is all for Holy Fiction, and as a result it was easy to sit back and let the songs surround me.
The songs were not all mid-tempo; a few incorporated more upbeat elements such as dance-rock drumbeats. Even a single change can push Holy Fiction's tightly constructed songs in a different and interesting directions, so the upbeat elements were welcome. The set was a strong one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it (although in a very different way than I enjoyed the two previous bands!). Fans of Other Lives, Shearwater and Radical Face will also enjoy the tunes of Holy Fiction. (Bonus: Holy Fiction has at least one member from defunct Oklahoma band Ethan Durelle.)
Houston's The Tontons took the stage after Holy Fiction, serving up a blend of Motown and psych-rock that went down smooth. The central point of the band was the female vocalist, who cooed, cawed, sang and danced her way through the set. She never stopped moving her arms, waving them sinuously to accentuating the mood and timbre of her vocals. She was a mesmerizing presence, commanding all attention. I took a couple shots of the other three members of the band, but it was hard to tear my eyes from the lead singer. Her poise, composure and power simply drew me in. The songs were solid, as well, but seeing them performed is simply incredible.