The house concert went well. Thanks for asking. Chris Bathgate was cooler than I could have imagined. He had some high-tech gizmo’s that he used to loop both his guitar playing and his vocals. In essence letting him sing harmony with himself and play lead and rhythm guitar parts at the same time. The Spares were just as I imagined they’d be: wonderful.
One of the most interesting pieces of information I came away with at the end of the night was that apparently I booked the best band in Michigan for my little “Songs:Illinois Presents” thing over at Cal’s on July 6. Chris couldn’t say enough good things about the band Frontier Ruckus from Ann Arbor, he really feels they’re the next big thing out of Michigan (if you consider the band Canada to be the last big thing). I knew their demo’s sounded great but apparently their new EP (I Am the Water You Are Pumping) and their live shows are amazing. From the photos on their site and the songs on their EP we can expect lots of instrument switching, musical saw, pedal steel and more banjo than you can shake a stick at. So if you can please come out to the show at Cal’s on the 6th say hi to me (and my buddies/co-presenters Big Rock Candy Mountain and Can You See The Sunset).
The lineup couldn’t be better and Cal’s is a cool little dump. I’ll have more to say about the show next week.
Here’s “Adirondack Amish Holler” from Frontier Ruckus. This song isn’t the mp3blog-ready, 3 minute, percussion dominated, simple chorus followed by simple chorus, novelty tune you’ve come to expect to hear on the dominant indie rock blogs; instead it is a 6 minute, sprawling song; riddled with images of decay, war, dust bowls and death.
P.S. It’s fun to see “the little label that could” known as ECA Records grow from a label that took a chance on Ramona Cordova and released a cassette only EP by Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground to grow into one of the neatest indie labels in the whole scene. Now they are prepared to unleash the new record (debut?) Tonight from Jason Anderson. This does have all the makings of a blog hit with rousing chorus and hand claps (even going as far as having a little bit in the middle where Jason speaks of himself in the third person). This has a bit of the good part of Polyphonic Spree and Bruce Springsteen mixed with the high energy mojo of I’m From Barcelona. The best part is you can order the record now for $5 (postage paid)(well in advance of it’s August 21st release date) and receive it in the mail a week before street date.