Another NorthShore Session: Doomtree edition

Looks like Trent Waterman of NorthShore Sessions was at  it again, capturing most of the Doomtree crew, probably somewhere near Clyde Iron Works where they performed Jan.  29.

Now that was a fun show. Under-attended, if I dare say. I think about 300 people in that space feels like all the high school mixer with none of the “November Rain.”  But it also lends to a bit of a VIP feel. If, for instance, Sims and Mike Mictlan came down to floor level to let fans get close enough to touch their hair. Or. Hats. And a small circle of bodies in motion surround them … well, that’s just rad.

So … old news, yes. But the show was awesome. Lots of zigging and zagging and stage antics and Dessa singing: “I’m not a writer, I just drink a lot about it.” And the video by the guy behind NorthShore Sessions is another in a line of alternative takes on Minnesota musicians. I’m not planning on posting a link every single time Waterman picks up his camera, but the whole thing reminded me that I’d never gone on record as saying: Doomtree show. Good.

Here’s some background on Waterman from a story I wrote in mid-December.

It wasn’t hard to convince  Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith to stroll along a mall alcove and strum his guitar and sing.

All Trent Waterman did was ask the singer-songwriter. And after Messersmith’s show at Beaner’s Central that October night, they shot the impromptu video for “Beautiful Children” in two takes, including a break for Waterman to change the camera’s battery.

The end result was video No. 2 in Waterman’s growing collection of North Shore Sessions, a hobby that pairs the budding filmographer with musicians for quick-hit videos in unlikely settings such as a former railroad tunnel, a friend’s apartment or a barn in Wrenshall. He claims as inspiration Vincent Moon’s “The Take-Away Shows,” in which musicians are recorded playing in the streets and parks, highlighting the quirks, ticks and spontaneity.

“I’ve always kind of been interested in different acoustics and how it affects the way sound travels – spaces that sound interesting and look cool, too,” said Waterman, a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth studying graphic design and photography.

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