Re: [fearnwhiskey] Clip: Eleventh Dream Day in Cleveland
- Great review, Dave. I was curious to hear how the new lineup sounded
and am happy they appear to have jelled. My seder in Oberlin didn't
get finished until after midnight, so unfortunately I couldn't make it
to the show.
Here's hoping they tour again once everyone's on summer vacation...
On 4/16/06, Dave Purcell <dap@...> wrote:
> Carl Z wrote:
> > If my seder doesn't go too long tonight, I'll see 'em.
> Carl, were you there? I didn't realize that you're back in Cleveland. I
> thought they were fantastic. They opened with several from the new
> record. The new songs fit in well with their best moments and I think
> will grow on me once I've spent more time with the new record. I
> previewed several songs on the Thrill Jockey site last week and
> remembered most of them when they began playing them, so that's usually
> a good sign. Highlights of the old material were Testify (with McCombs
> playing the main riff and the keyboard player on bass), Baghdad's Last
> Ride, and a couple from Prairie School Freakout (the names of which
> escape me at the moment without the CD in front of me).
> Rick Rizzo is still a maniac on guitar, channeling Neil Young and Tom
> Verlaine in equal parts. He's very much the mild-mannered social studies
> teacher these days, but his intensity bursts out when he starts singing
> and soloing. There are few things that make me happier than when he goes
> into batshit skronk solo mode. Janet is as strong as ever on drums and
> harmonies and McCombs is just a mofo of a bassist. The keyboard player
> is a great addition. His tiny keyboard looks like it's about to fall
> apart at any given moment, but he's usually some sort of simulator to
> get some very cool sounds out of it. He was perfectly supportive and
> never intrusive.
> They came back for two encores and seemed surprised by the reaction from
> the small, but very enthusiastic crowd. We got to chat with Rick before
> and after the show, and he seemed genuinely moved that we drove four
> hours to spend our 15th wedding anniversary with them. Super nice guy. I
> was happy to learn that some of their earliest shows were with old pals
> of mine -- guys I didn't know then -- at Newport, KY's legendary Jockey
> Club around 1984.
> They're still easily one of the best rock bands out there, for my money.
> No one is doing what they're doing, at least not as well.
> Oh, and get the new record -- it's really strong. There are only a
> couple songs with vocal hooks equivalent to songs like Testify and
> Makin' Like A Rug, but their trademark sound is in full force and it's
> less moody than some of their recent efforts.
> Here's hoping they tour again once everyone's on summer vacation...Not likely, unfortunately. Rick & his wife are expecting twins in June.
They got out to do these dates because it is his spring break and he
wanted to play a bit before the twins arrive. Which reminds me -- Rick &
Janet had their son along on tour. He seemed like a sweet kid, was very
quiet and shy.