Photography by Chad Eaton
The Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock is one of those undiscovered venues in Los Angeles that inspires everyone to ask, “Have you been here before?” as if seeking out the one true hipster king. Few of us had. The rest were left to feign an indirect, 3rd party knowledge of its past shows or, otherwise, admit ignorance and pontificate on Eagle Rock’s gentrification. The venue / community center / public space resembles an art deco Spanish mission or Coca plantation house that’s been gutted of religious and/or narcotic paraphernalia and replaced by a fresh coat of paint, a stage, and a projector screen. It was the perfect environment to sip some Tecate, talk to old friends, and of course see Vetiver play their new songs.
Vetiver’s set ebbed and flowed between bittersweet summer-day melancholy and darker midnight-drive music; Andy’s vocals were right on, Otto’s drumming was tight, and Sanders’ electric gave each song the pulse it needed to push idlers out of inertia. The movie Benji screened behind the stage. The elements were odd, I suppose — a Spanish mission, Vetiver, and Benji — but everything coalesced into a special, low-lit whole. A Vetiver performance is a reunion of sorts: a gathering of friends acquired over years of shows and shared taste, separated by responsibilities, and united by a feeling that there are no kings, just people.
remaining dates after the jump…