Thursday, December 16, 2010

Show Review: Mister Heavenly

Monday night curious fans flocked to The Scoot Inn to see for themselves if Mister Heavenly was worth all the buzz. Fans overflowed into the street while chatter concerning Michael Cera rushed through the crowd. Undeniably a good portion of the crowd was obviously drawn by the allure of the awkward star of Superbad, but Cera may just be filling in as a touring bassist for the new supergroup's first tour.

While flashing his camera phone incessantly, I overheard a neighboring fan inquire if “the guy on keyboard” is “that dude from [some random] movie.” Not quite -- that’s Ryan Kattner (better known as Honus Honus of Man Man). Honus and Nick “Diamond” Thornburn (Islands and formerly Unicorns) trade off as duel lead vocalists. Together they meld the distinct sounds of Islands and Man Man into an unique brand of “doom-wop.” The two balance one another out in the perfect combination -- Diamond is the dreamy lead guitarist to Honus Honus' darker, manic growls and jangly, hammering keyboard instrumentals. All the while Joe Plummer (The Shins and Modest Mouse) steadily keeps the beat as Cera, aside from his ice-breaking joke (“Anyone here from Austin?”), remained focused on his new role as bassist.

They turned out an hour long set full of poppy jams and a quick encore. Cera took to the piano in a joking manner and staggered into a circus type jam, which evolved into a heartfelt cover of Daniel Johnston’s, “True Love Will Find You In The End,” as the others slowly crept back on stage and Honus picked up Cera’s bass.

Mister Heavenly capture and craft a fun, accessible, throwback sound -- a tolerable, lovable boy band with jammy breakdowns in playful songs about girls and love. It’s a simple format, tried and true, and they pull it off with a fresh energy. The project is certainly fresh and their future is uncertain, but shit, that’s all part of the excitement! They've signed a deal with Sub Pop, so expect an official release sometime soon.

In a brief reunion after the show, Kattner explained that Diamond played all the bass parts on their album, but thought of Cera when they decided to go on tour. Diamond and Cera met when Cera appeared in a video for Islands, which is kind of funny, because oddly enough Honus is pals with Cera's ex, Charlyne, from when she appeared in a video for Man Man! All in all, it's that sense of fraternity and casualness that truly makes this project so enjoyable.

All Photos By Mary Rehak

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Anonymous said...

It's Freshmillions not Fresh Millions.

Anonymous said...

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen -- Christopher Walken!

Christopher Walken: Thank you. It’s good, as always, to be here. It’s a treat. But this time, it’s extra special because it’s the final show of the season. After how many shows, Jimmy? 505, actually. 505, Wow! I've done it five times - what's that? A drop in the bucket. So I thought, "What can I do to make my mark?" And then, I thought, "Well, I'll sing a song."

[ singing ]

"Things have come to a pretty pass
Our romance is growing flat
For you like this and the other
While I go for this and that
Goodness knows where the end will be
Or I don't know where it's at.
It looks as if we two will never be one
Something must be done.
You say potato, and I say potato
You say tomato, and I say tomato
Potato, potato
Tomato, tomato
Let's - "

Jimmy Fallon: Chris?

Christopher Walken: Jimmy, wazzup!

Jimmy Fallon: Sorry to interrupt. I don't know if that's how the song goes.

Christopher Walken: What do you mean?

Jimmy Fallon: You're singing the words the same. You have to say, like, tomayto, tomahto. Potayto, potahto.

Christopher Walken: Tomahto? What's that?

Jimmy Fallon: It's just how they say it.

Christopher Walken: Okay, I'll give it a try.

[ singing ]

"You say potahto, I say potahto
You say totahto, I say totahto
Tomahto, potahto
Potahto, potahto, tomahto, tomahto -"

Jimmy Fallon: Chris, I'm so sorry. You're doing it the other way now. And I think you have to alternate them.

Christopher Walken: Alternate, shmaltermate! Jimmy, look, they're all spelled the same on the cards. What do you want from my life?