GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI at the Horseshoe, July 13. Tickets: $12. Attendance: 270. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
with its excellent no smokingpolicy now firmly in place and a dozen rows of chairs laid out in front of the stage, the Horseshoe seemed more like a quaint concert hall than a rock and roll bar Friday night. Precisely what Gorky's Zygotic Mynci needed.The Welsh psych-folk sextet is about as far away from rock-star posturing as you can get. Even when frontman Euros Childs flails away behind his electric piano, there's a sense of reserve about him. No scissor kicks or puffed-up preening here.
The quaintness factor was bolstered by the group's approach to the gig. One of two shows they're doing in North America in advance of their charming How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart disc, Gorky's split the night into acoustic and electric sets. Beyond some bare-bones amplification, though, the difference between the two segments was minimal.
Head down and not saying much beyond a few mumbled hellos, Childs and his band strummed through two hours of pastoral folk pop, all of it driven by Megan Childs's swooning violin and broken up by occasional bits of barking.
Whether strumming on electric or acoustic guitars, the understated mood stayed the same.
Beyond foot-stompers like Poodle Rockin', it was hardly explosive, but it was surprisingly intense, in a slow boil kind of way, all the same. The folks in the folding chairs applauded politely.