Concert Preview: And The Kids with Dalahäst at Barking Legs Theater

Authored By pitulah

Massachusetts “apocalyptic pop” band And The Kids will be performing at Barking Legs Theater with Chattanooga dream pop group Dalahäst on Tuesday. 

Tickets for the show will be $10 and can be purchased here. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will start sometime around 8. This is an all-ages show.

Hailing from Northampton, And The Kids create open-ended indie pop with much larger aspirations than that description would indicate. Composed of singer-guitarist Hannah Mohan, bassist Taliana Katz, keyboardist Megan Miller and drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro, the band weaves a deceptively simple web of pop tones and oddball instrumentation that’ll have you moving before you realize what’s going on. The hooks come fast and loud, with all the lithe grace and ability of a rogue gymnast.

There’s a sense of urgency to the work of And The Kids. Their music can be traced back through the euphoric and emphatic lineage of ecstatic pop music but maintains a slightly aggressive and communal vibe. These are singalongs for mosh pits and carry a hard-edged sound that splinters perfectly with their robust melodies and jolting percussive exuberance. Taking normal pop structures and reworking them into something singular and refreshingly ebullient, they melt your expectations of what a pop band should be. Intimate and raucous, this show will be one that you do not want to miss-and one that you’re likely going to be talking about for some time.

This will be the latest Flashlight Show, a series of concerts pairing music with local charities and visual artists to bring the Chattanooga arts community together in support of worthy causes.

Flashlight Shows has paired up with Chattanooga Girls Rock, which, according to the organization’s Facebook page, “exists to empower girls in our community to build confidence and celebrate their individuality through collaborative music education and performance.” You can directly donate to the organization here. They are working to put together Chattanooga’s first girls rock camp, wherein “girls aged 9-17 choose an instrument, receive instruction, form a band, write an original song and perform for their adoring fans the weekend after camp at a real music venue.”

Along with getting a fantastic evening of music and helping to further a wonderful cause, you’ll also be able to view and purchase work by local artist Brandon Kennedy.

Chattanooga’s own foggy pop duo Dalahäst will be sharing the stage with And The Kids and bringing their ramshackle dream pop noise to Barking Legs. Composed of Elizabeth Lawrensen and Christopher Williams, the duo concocts hazy synth-influenced pop music that draws inspiration from classical music’s ornate arrangements and indie rock’s assertive noise. But Lawrensen and Williams offer a skewed perspective on these sounds-it’s slightly rickety and feels like it could fall apart at the slightest touch. But it’s this sense of restless construction that gives their music its resolve and resourcefulness.

The duo lists influences such as Bat for Lashes, Grimes and Stars on their Facebook page, and you can definitely hear these artists threading their fingers through Dalahäst’s music. It quickly becomes obvious that they’re not weighed down by these influences but driven on by them through a need to create and discover distinct avenues of interpretation. It’s a unique and insular sound that should sound right at home next to the tilted pop tendencies of And The Kids.

Joshua Pickard covers local and national music, film and other aspects of pop culture. You can contact him on Facebook, Twitter or by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.