Carter: Isaiah the Mosaic

Isaiah the Mosaic

Richard Carter

Last Thursday, a group of five Austin-ites—four of whom are from Wichita Falls—played their first ever show in Wichita Falls as the band Isaiah the Mosaic, a pretty cool psychedelic band with keyboards, djangly guitars, a strong rhythm section and relaxed, dreamy  vocals.

The band is made up of second-generation musicians and brothers, Eric and Phillip McClung, whose late father Randy was a percussionist for an early Wichita Falls band called Phosphene. Bassist Brandon Mallonee is also involved along with drummer Ryan Heath. Tyler Delaune plays keyboards. Heath and Eric McClung used to play in an area instrumental band called When We Dance, We Dance for Reason.

The group played on a Thursday night, and Attebury Blueprint played its last show, for a while at least, as a quartet. By the way, Attebury Blueprint will tell you that their show rocked, and it did. The night before keyboardist Kory Rogers emceed his last open mic, before moving to San Angelo. We should all wish him luck. But then he will be way close to Dallas and also Austin, and San Angelo is a great music town.

It was one of the better Thursday night crowds at the Pub that I have seen in a while. The back of the club was pretty much filled with family and friends of family. There was actually a very healthy contingent of people from Austin who came to cheer the band on. That, and the fact there were quite a few friends from the area there to check them out.

They told me that their band will start recording once they get back to Austin, and there should be a lengthy EP before too long. I look forward to it.

It’s interesting how a band that has always been very prog in a sort of immediate way has come to psychedelia, but I think that’s grand. And they also seem to have a touch on it. One friend suggested that they definitely have some recent influences like the Gazelles, and I can sort of hear that.

The band had synched a laptop with video visuals for the backdrop, which they played to, and I sort of wished the visuals had been larger. I think that the sounds of psychedelic bands from the past were saturated with the visuals and it sort of amplified the effect of the visuals and the sounds.

The songs were well written and the attitude and the mood for the music were right. I would like to see the band perform again, because the first time you hear something that you’re not expecting, part of the experience is getting over (or getting used to) the shock of the newness. They said there was a possibility pf coming back again in six months, but then we shall see. Douglas Boyd said the Sweetness would return and that no longer looks like it’s going to happen.

If you wish to hear something by the band, check them out at www.reverbnation.com/isaiahthemosaic. There are also some places to see videos and stuff. I think they’re onto something, and it will clearly be something that will play better in Austin.

Next Friday and Saturday, the Wichita Theatre is opening their new production of “Nunsense,” which is a funny show, and the gals playing the nuns are kind of brilliant. I plan on checking it out, and you might want to consider it.

Also, on Friday October 19, a Christian performer named Brandon Heath is playing at the Evangel Temple. I interviewed him a while back and really enjoyed chatting with him. Check out the story that day and consider going to hear some live music.

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