How deep are Belt of Vapor’s roots in the Spokane music scene? Well, the Inlander named the hard-hitting trio one of its “Bands to Watch” back in 2005 when they were mere whippersnappers knocking out aggressive tunes, full of rough angles and ear-catching hooks. They honed their sound to a more professional (but no less raucous) shine through the recording of their excellent 2013 release, The Recluse, an 11-song set with delicious, howling vocals from Aaron Powell and seriously driving rhythms. Powell and bandmates Justin Walter and Bob Homburg pushed “pause” on Belt of Vapor for a while, but Saturday night at the Observatory, they’re throwing a little reunion gig with instrumental rockers Monuments, a celebration for Spokane music geeks young and old.
— Dan Nailen