the best music $5 can buy
Last night, instead of sitting at home and watching the clock tick over to midnight (and attempting to battle birthday malaise), I decided to go to the Irving Theatre to catch a show.
Man, am I ever glad I did.
The Irving is an interesting story… it was built as a first-run movie theater back in the twenties, and like most, had its day as a “modern art” (read: porn) theatre. Due to the efforts of a couple incredibly dedicated people, it’s nearing a reincarnation as an all-ages music venue and a real boost to the Irvington cultural scene.
First up was David Andrews, a singer-songwriter who impressed me with his earnesty (if not so much the songs themselves) He did, however, do an incredible cover of Tom Waits’ “Time”.
Next up was Paleo, who enchanted and confused me at the same time. Imagine a tall, lanky guy with a voice like a cross between Devendra Banhart and Jack White with a pinch of a scared child. Seriously. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will! He blew me away with lines like “you be careful what you pay for when your soul is your receipt” and “you’ve not lived ’til you’ve broke someone’s heart/who are you if you’re not breaking a heart?”
But the band I was really there to see was The Scourge of the Sea. Based out of Lexington, KY, they play this atmospheric, melodic pop that– for lack of a better description– just makes me HAPPY. The lead singer’s voice reminds me of a less manic John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, and the lyrics could stand up to anything the Fruit Bats have ever produced. It’s too bad that there weren’t more people in attendance, because they put on a hell of a show.
If you’re in the listening area, you can catch The Scourge of the Sea on 91.7 WEEM today at 2:00 p.m.