It Came From The Grind
First PEC Show of the Semester Packs The Grind
February 3, 2017
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The Grind was crowded last Friday night as students gathered to see the first PEC show of the semester. Cougarfest 2k17 featured Clark’s very own talented students with a lineup of Clark bands and solo artists such as Good Soup, Olivia Frances (‘19), Zohaib Bilal (‘19), and Casual Lean. All of the artists that performed on Friday have tracks on the album, “It Came From the Grind”, which is a project that PEC will be producing soon. It Came From The Grind has not yet been released, but can be followed on the PEC Facebook page for updates.
The musical style of this PEC show was generally low-tempo indie rock, with a few artists experimenting with country music and even jazz.
Good Soup, formed by Ben Bergeron (‘19) of Portland Maine and Greg Farrington played a mix of moody, quirky rock that was received with great applause. Bilal stunned with a melancholy solo performance accompanied by his remarkable talent on the guitar as he sang to his own songs, “Snow”’ and “Cross Fire”.
Casual Lean, a five-person ensemble, gave a jazz-rock fusion interpretation of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” complete with a funky bass and trumpet solo.
Schwartz performed as Olivia Frances and treated the crowd to a folk-country-rock show complete with a ukulele, and the crowd sang along to Frances’s song “That’s How My Heart Felt”. Frances provided a background story to each of her songs, highlighting her travels in Nashville and her beginnings as an artist, when her Piano teacher wouldn’t teach her the guitar. “That’s why you’re seeing me here right now!”
The Grind was full, a very good turnout for the first show of the season. The crowd was energetic and attentive to the artists, many of whom were familiar faces around campus.
“I think that there is considerable talent here,” said Alden Welles (’18) of the performers.
Thanks to PEC for showcasing Clark’s amazing talent. Hopefully the Grind is just the beginning for these young artists’ careers.