Sunday, February 28, 2010
EDIT ---- I guess I did forget to mention the new songs... yup, 2 more new songs all bright and shiny, ready to go for next weekend. The first is a Steve Vai or Rush-like Prog rock epic, jack-hammer drumming and expansive guitar and bass runs. Again the guys really manage to push genre envelops and are not willing to be pegged as a "whatever" band. The second song is this real sultry and smoky number, maybe a little DMB-ish but not really, such a sensual writhing feel to the tune. So you can look forward to hearing at least one maybe both of these next weekend.. all you have to do is show up..
Saturday, February 27, 2010
So its 1 week until another of those “next step” weekends for The McLovins, an exciting FREE weekend of fun from the band. On Saturday March 6th, they will be broadcasting live on UStream from the intimate setting of New Vizion studios in West Hartford. The very next day March 7th, they will be performing a matinee show at one of the newest and hottest New York City venues, Brooklyn Bowl.
For the streaming show, the setting is perfect, an acoustically balanced room in front of a smallish crowd, the interaction between the band and the audience should be nice and cozy. Last weekend I went over to New Vizion with Jake and ran a test for the audio and video streams, and both came out much better than you could hope for. The band’s producer, David Colbourne has a very solid vision of the bands strengths and an intuitive feel for the UStream process. This performance may be the best balance of visual and quality audio yet in a McLovins’ streamed event and it should yield a true “you are there” experience.
Sunday’s show moves to the other end of the spectrum, Brooklyn Bowl is a new but very exciting venue catering to the jamband scene. Brooklyn Bowl is a raucous playland, a 18 lane bowling alley backed up to a 600 person capacity dancehall. Add in world class bar food by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, FREE admission to the show and you have all the makings for a magical day of fun. So if you choose to attend one or both of these, yo have only one job and that’s to show up.
The band has really gone out of their way to create an amazing accessible weekend of fun, both events are free and just require your attendance. This brings up another point, the band’s use of the social networks. The promotion of these 2 shows will be pretty intense, sort of like internet carpet-bombing.
If you get a link or a tweet to these shows, whether it’s on Facebook, myspace, Twitter or somewhere else, just lend a hand and repost the link, or re-tweet the link. The power of the network is in the numbers, what starts on Twitter, makes it to FB and lands on myspace and shows up on Phantasy tour. You should be excited when you see multiple posts of the same event, it means it’s all working and the network is growing stronger. You want to make sure that you’re a part of this now, so that in 2 or 3 years you can say “I remember when”.... its been a magical trip so far, so make sure you climb on now, McLovinsnation is growing strong.
Click on any of the pics, most are links and will give you all the info you need for next weekend, So whether it's Jake on Facebook, Tyler on Twitter or me here at OAOAOMT, help spread the word and enjoy the ride.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Fans watch Basslovin
His quiet intensity
Moves with a rich groove
Revolution Hall is There
McLovins Rock Out
On a bold journey, his voice
Wild and generous
Welcome to Vermont
- Scott Decker
Listen to him play
Axlovin teaches us all
The zen of shredding
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday night's show is a big one for the band, they'll be deep in the belly of jam history, I'm not going to make the show so I'd like to assign some homework for any of you that would like to participate.
After the show if you could please write a haiku with your feelings about the concert, the historical nature of the venue, the band or any impressions you have about the night, I would be happy to publish them on the blog. Traditional haiku is 3 lines, each line featuring first 5 then 7 then 5 syllables. If you're feeling verbose, write one with 7 then 9 then 7 syllables. Or even if you just want to write a 3 line poem is fine, american haiku a forgiving art. I'm hoping a few of you can play or I'll have a lotta white space here next week.
the ghosts dance and shake their bones
the walls drip with sound
Monday, February 8, 2010
January 29th we marched on up to Boston to see The McLovins play at Café 939 opening for …soihadto…, a band fronted by Duff Goldman from Food Network’s ACE OF CAKES. My only exposure to the band had been through the songs they had up on their myspace page and I was pleasantly surprised by their live performance. Following the soundcheck I struck up a conversation with their drummer, (Honus?) and liked his low-key demeanor, after all, playing in a band with such a well known figure as Goldman has to be hard. The band does a nice of separating the music from the man, so it’s not an example of stunt-casting, their music is more than able to stand on its own so the connection to the Food Network show is ancillary.
The band took the stage and thanked the openers The McLovins, and started to plow through their set. The rhythm section is definitely post-punk, the drumming falling somewhere around early Joy Division / Buzzcocks era and with thick, ropy bass lines bordering on leads. The band is loud, Rahn and Yungwirth lead a 2 guitar attack that never overwhelms, and a lack of lead vocals surprisingly adds to the mélange of sound the band creates. As a part of this sensory assault, they have a Koyaanisqatsi -ish visual running on a screen in back of the band which is a real compliment to their audio punch. I really can’t put my finger on it, but the combination of images of Ganges river funerals, Mecca pilgrimages, chicken farms and Ghost in The Shell anime combined with the bands powerful sound gave me an almost apprehensive edge. The music pushes the visuals forward and it helps to develop a palpable emotional tenor.
Their songs are distinctive, they use a very layered approach to songcraft, also nice use of effects pedals but again, in a very textural way. Their sound is reminiscent of A Perfect Circle but less pretentious, they do remind me of the band Iceburn from their Hephaestus period. “Searching For a Cure” and “The Plumber and The Peacock” in particular were standouts. “Something About The Way We Parted” was just stunning, heavy and loping, almost predatory. They band played tight, everyone on the same page with a couple hiccups but that’s the joy of live music, I also have to give them props for the using a Theremin, adding a spacy vibe. I’m really excited to see what a couple months on the road will do for them, they have a very exciting sound and look to be just getting started.