by Bill Forman
It was there that I happened upon an all-too-rare performance by a band called Solagget last Saturday. Sharing a bill with Manitou's Changing Colors, the instrumental trio played a set of melodic compositions that offered plenty of room for skilled improvisation, subtle interplay and a dynamic ebb and flow that kept even the longest pieces from dragging.
It was an excellent example of the kind of music that gave rise to the term post-rock, a genre of largely Midwestern origin that includes the Chicago band Tortoise, Kent, Ohio's Six Parts Seven, and Louisville, Ky.'s The For Carnation).
Solagget, it turns out, also has Midwestern roots. Brothers Sean and Aaron Fanning — who play electric bass and drums, respectively — currently live in Pueblo, but electric guitarist David Lord is still back in Wichita, Kansas, where the three of them first started the band and recorded an album.
And yes, that's the same Sean Fanning who plays standup bass in the Haunted Windchimes. I talked to him afterward and he promised to give us advance warning the next time the group performs in town, hopefully by this coming winter. We'll let you know as soon as we hear.
I wish I had a Solagget video to show you, but that'll have to wait. So here's a Six Parts Seven video instead, followed by a clip of the Fanning brothers doing something completely different: