with The Flawed (reunion show), Cactus Attack, The Worried
with We Own Land, Blackletter
with Cheech, Commonwealth, Hopeless
3496 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA
with Boycott and Cordelia’s Dad
Marsh Arts House
81 Lessey St
Amherst, MA 01002
with The Worried, Benny Sizzler, & Supernatural ii
with The Low Cards, Consuelos Revenge, The Fates
North Main Street
with Silent Fields & Jimmy Goo
New Bedford, Mass
Hope Anchor – Beautiful Corpses
In terms of getting into the Halloween spirit, it doesn’t get any better than going to the release show for an album called Beautiful Corpses. Hope Anchor guitarist Terry Linehan warned me a few months ago that this would be their goth record. First impressions of Beautiful Corpses are that it does have a noticeably darker and urgent feel. “You Alone” kicks off with an ’80s U2-styled guitar riff before pulling the indie rock curtains over the beat. “Dead Gone” is another slab of indie rock that reminds me of some descendant of Echo & the Bunnymen and Wire. All good goth albums need a ballad and the dreamy “Rain Won’t Stop” fits the bill for a shot of indie guitar melancholy.
Hope Anchor, Jets Can’t Land, Ghosts of Industry, and Man & Wife rock Dusk on October 20.
with Nate Cozzolino and Jenn Lombari
Keith A/B – Unbridled Optimism
Innovative textures and instrumentals are matched to quirky vocal melodies to form some intriguing songs by this solo performer; some of which verge on epic, notably the opening track “We’ll Send Our Sympathies,” which is supported by relentless rhythm guitar and a positively eerie horn-like refrain. The tumultuous churning in the back of “Your Mother Needs a Man” fails to completely obliterate the rather sweet, almost poppy vocal melody delivered with a degree of intensity which creates an interesting sensation of dissonance, literal and cognitive. “Capital S” is instrumentally deliberately jarring and angular, with over-miked guitar thrumming layered in back of Keith A/B’s almost sing-songy vocal melody. (Think Patsy Cline’s version of “Tennessee Waltz.”) The end result is an almost nightmarish ambiance, as the vocalist ominously declaims “You will tremble/ You will tremble/ You will tremble like a leaf.” Of the remaining songs, the repetitive “An Hour a Day” seems like a misfire; “Fortune Cookies” is a brazen, poppy rock song but otherwise not particularly innovative; “One Bad Egg” is an anodyne wistful ballad. But the first three songs are strange and wonderful. Recommended.