Captain Squeegee - Crescent Ballroom - 1/29/14
Photos by Jeff Moses Danny Torgersen of Captain Squeegee at Crescent Ballroom last night.
If David Gilmour and Jerry Garcia linked up in Phoenix and decided to begin playing jazz music, it's a safe bet that said collaboration would sound something like Captain Squeegee. The local atomic jazz-fusion act, still riding high following the release of their sophomore album, To the Bardos, and its first music video, "Inevitable," played an "acoustic" show at Crescent Ballroom last night along with The Riveras, There Is Danger, and Wooden Indian.
And the word "acoustic" was applied to the concert in somewhat arbitrary fashion. The first two acts stuck to acoustic pretty well, but Captain Squeegee and Wooden Indian played sets that were more or less fully electric. "I thought that we cheated enough to make it sound sort of like the record, but not really," says Captain Squeegee frontman Danny Torgersen.
Although Wooden Indian was ostensibly the headliner at the Crescent last night, the show acted was essentially a coming-out party for Captain Squeegee's fantastically apocalyptic claymation video. As such, its director, local artist/filmmaker Johnny McHone, brought out many of the clay pieces involved in the video's creation to the venue to display.
Captain Squeegee played a six song set, all of which came from To The Bardos, and used a rainbow's worth of psychedelic color-changing imagery projected onto the stage as backdrop to their performance, one the coolest parts of their set.
Frontman Danny Torgenson says it was born from the band's desire to over-stimulate its audiences, which, according to the vocalist, might very well include engaging other senses beyond just sight and sounds.
"Pretty soon we will emit crazy smells while we play," he says. "It'll be like scratch 'n' sniff, but like 'Scratch 'n' Squeegee' [in] 4-D."