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Rock and reggae sounds fill the third night of Thin Line at Harvest House

Rock and reggae sounds fill the third night of Thin Line at Harvest House

February 20
15:52 2016

Erica Wieting | Features Editor

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The atmosphere at Harvest House quickly amped up just past 9 p.m. Friday night when three bands took the stage for Thin Line Film Festival.

Heavy Glow, Sonar Lights and The Effinays filled the third evening of the festival with insane guitar riffs, badass drumming and intense vocals that carried into the morning hours.

Heavy Glow

As people poured into the venue—the line outside sometimes required a wait of up to five minutes to get in—visceral hard rock sounds blasted from the wooden stage. Simultaneously soulful and gritty, the intoxicating notes from onstage drew crowds.

On the third night of Thin Line Film Fest, bassist Darren Wise and Denton-based band Sonar Lights took the Harvest House stage. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

On the third night of Thin Line Film Fest, bassist Darren Wise and Denton-based band Sonar Lights took the Harvest House stage. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

Heavy Glow, a hard rock band from Austin, is a trio consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Jared Mullins, bassist Joe Brooks and tour drummer Andrew Merkle (studio percussion is played by drummer Mike Amster).

A more mellow performance than those executed by the two following bands (Sonar Lights jumped around the stage, and the guitarist of The Effinays whipped his long hair around as he played), the show that Heavy Glow put on was nonetheless entertaining.

Sonar Lights

“Hello, we’re Sonar Lights, and we’re from Denton,” was the only intro the rock trio needed. Lead singer and guitarist George Miadis, backup vocalist and bassist Darren Wise and drummer Doug McKenna took the stage with fervor.

The first few songs on their setlist, though self-written and often unknown to the crowds of people sitting at the venue’s tables and gathering in groups around the lighted outdoor space, got the crowd moving. Many a head could be seen bobbing with the music.

Some even occasionally clapped along as the band continued to play.

A guitar introduction to a cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigsby” sent a cheers scattering throughout the crowd as the band launched into their version of the song. And their musical talent didn’t disappoint.

Sonar Lights delivered a passionate rendition of the classic that would have made Paul McCartney proud.

The Effinays

Funk/rock/reggae band The Effinays ended the night. The Dallas-based group has five members: lead singer Joe Martinez, bassist Jeremy Piering, drummer and keyboardist Valenti Thomas, guitarist Alex Riviera de Jesús and percussionist Jimmy Gutierrez.

The band members poured their hearts into their music, entertaining the crowd with occasional jokes and an edgy, upbeat vibe.

Guitarist Alex Riviera de Jesus and drummer and keyboardist Valenti Thomas play onstage with The Effinays Friday night at Harvest House. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

Guitarist Alex Riviera de Jesus and drummer and keyboardist Valenti Thomas play onstage with The Effinays Friday night at Harvest House. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

“If you’re not feelin’ good, we’re gonna get you there,” Martinez deeply said into the mic.

The band’s Latin roots, though evident more strongly in some songs than in others, were undeniable. An enthusiastic group of women and an elderly couple with smiles on their faces made their way to the open space in front of the stage to dance to the tunes as the band played.

Thin Line will continue for two more days, and there are a variety of shows to come. But the performances put on Friday night by these three explosive groups will be difficult to match.

Featured Image: Lead singer of Sonar Lights George Miadis tunes his guitar at Harvest House before going onstage. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

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  1. Dwise
    Dwise February 20, 22:07

    Thanks for the sweet write up we enjoyed sharing the stage with Heavy Glow and The Effinays and getting the chance to share our music in an amazing venue. The crew was great and the photographers are top notch. Thanks 🙂 Darren-Sonar Lights

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  2. mia
    mia February 21, 11:07

    Did the reviewer even attend the Heavy Glow show? Heavy Glow more mellow than a reggae band? How silly. Obviously she wasn’t even there for the set. The band jumped around the stage and they all have great, bouncing hair for the whole set. Lazy journalism. She couldn’t have chosen one single picture for the band that came ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS for the show? There’s equal treatment for you…I’ll be posting videos I took of the band that night. This reviewer has no idea what she’s talking about.

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  3. jay
    jay February 21, 11:11

    Really? Heavy Glow was mellow by comparison? And she chose a picture of a band tuning on stage with the sound guy rather than post a photo of Heavy Glow? Laughable…

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