Gearing towards the end of a month-long celebration, moonroom’s APAHM saw its second to last show in Highland Park at The OffBeat Bar with a presentation by KChung Radio. The night featured PASTHYPE, who showcased their first single in several years, “Tsunmai 2,” while Tomemitsu, Paladin Shield, and Roger Hallaway added the final touches of delicacies to the quaint atmosphere. The night seemed to focus on longing guitar chords, colorful layers, and post-alternative blends reminiscent of the early 2000s. The dim lighting engulfed all music lovers and brought a small gathering of support, seen from past showcases in May, and reaffirmed moonroom’s theme this year, More Visibility.
Sliding into the realm with an almost shy demeanor, PASTHYPE, led by ETA, swarmed senses with ambient textures and dreamy soundscapes. Stringing along a collection of loving tracks, each coming across more heartfelt than the next, PASTHYPE’s return to the Los Angeles stage was welcomed with warming arms. ETA’s low, yet emotive vocals were anything but shy, and executed moody tones graciously, equally pairing with the venues’ intimacy.
Tomemitsu‘s set carried a different poise, and followed PASTHYPE’s mood. Bedroom-pop, tender layered guitars, and exquisitely charged melodies filled the bar, especially when performing their most notable track “In Dreams.” Continuous loops and lyrics weighed heavily and carried a soft bliss. Mostly carved by guitars on stage, Tomemitsu’s post-progressive chords and thick compositions provided a potent depth.
As the chords of the past youth became prominent for the crowd that filled the bar’s dark space, Paladin Shield made their way to the stage for a muted form of alternative rock, every now and then pulling from the mathrock Gods. Taken their name from the realms of hardmode and the monsters who dwell there (video game lingo), Paladin Shield’s quirky charisma stemmed from these simple details and even evoked small electronic, 8-bit samples weaved throughout lush guitars.
Finally, disrupting the pot of post-rock and exploitative feelings, Roger Hallaway blessed listeners with a different array of musings. Aside from the slow jams, such as “With U,” that would make anyone weak in the knees, came the charged dance moves delivered by Hallaway on stage. Throttled by an insane amount of energy that dripped from Hallaway’s existence, the stage couldn’t confine his fluidity. The backing band caressed each track and sincerely brought an array of freshness that allowed for a clean set, most notably the unquenchable bass lines that filled the space on the classical arrangements, to the most soulful.