Story and photos by Mikey Baratta
Recently at El Rio, just south of Caesar Chavez on Mission, a special event was thrown to raise money for a good cause. The show was formally titled “Wiretap Music presents: A benefit concert for The Holdout” where three bands played to help raise money for a new collective art space and café located off MLK street in West Oakland.
Of the bands that performed in effort to raise money for The Holdout was Mist Giant, who happens to be in the process of pressing their latest 12” EP through Record Pressing, Human Tree, expected to drop in early April.
The show was a perfect mix of a laid back atmosphere shrouded in a cacophony of prog-rocky fuzzed out riffs infused with static electric bass (both upright and guitar) and soothing vocals in a style reminiscent of Phil Elverum. Drummer/singer Dan A. was accompanied on stage by bassist/keys Mark P. and guitarist/backing vocalist Mike G.
The dynamic of the band and their stage presence is matchless; all three members shared equally important roles within their performance – truly relying on one another to create their unique sound. It was a fresh breath to see Mark P. switch back and forth between two types of electric basses, both guitar and upright electric bass to put distinct tones on particular songs where he found it fitting. At the end of their performance, Mark P. and Mike G. traded instruments and stage placement to finish off the night with an explosive finale of heavy grunge with a tinge of folk-rock dissonance.
Mist Giant contributed to a truly entertaining night with a performance by musicians who have honed their sound into a genre all their own.
For more information about the The Holdout and their newly founded collective space please refer to their website at www.theholdout.org.
Mist Giant can be found on mistgiant.tumblr.com
For more photos of Mist Giant at El Rio, visit Record Pressing’s Facebook page.