Solace: contagious energy and audience appeal

Solace: contagious energy and audience appeal

By Christa Koehler

By Christa Koehler

Staff Writer

What do you get when you put Ian Zander, Mark Gustafson, Marak Edlan and Jeffrey Mueller together on a stage with their instruments? Why, Solace, of course!

Solace preformed Saturday, August 4 at Little Italy/Club 505. They took the stage around 10:30 p.m. and sent out nothing but good vibrations from the first note to the audience-requested encore. These four guys come at you with such contagious energy, infection is unavoidable.

Best suited to fit into the alternative rock category, Solace entertained the crowd with a mixture of catchy originals and covers that were fabulous, including Neil Young’s, “Hey Hey, My My” and Radiohead’s, “Creep”.

With Gustafson on lead guitar and lead vocals, Zander on guitar and vocals, Mueller on bass guitar and vocals, and Edlan on drums, the music went on for about two hours. The songs of love were the kind you can get lost in (and very convincing).

A cluster of Solace fans gathered next to the stage, and audience participation was encouraged. Everyone seemed in good spirits, especially the band members. They put forth an impressive effort and became involved in thoroughly amusing body mechanics during the encore. It’s always exciting when the musicians allow themselves to get so carried away, they feel the need to jump around. In fact, let it be known that after the show, Gustafson whipped off one fantastic back flip for a mere cigarette! A great time was had by all.

Solace had a single CD available at the show, entitled Surf Riot, containing three original songs that have been pleasantly stuck in my head for days. If you are interested in experiencing Solace for yourself, you can see them in Madison on August 18, where they are playing at MAAPAR Festival. For those of you who can’t get to Madison on the 18th, they will be at Little Italy/Club 505 again on August 25. Thank you, Solace!

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