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October 3, 2013 at 3:16 AM
Seeing a great band for the first time is a bit like falling in love. It’s intense, exotic and sometimes it’s over far too soon.
That was certainly the case Wednesday night at Chop Suey as Los Angeles-based Raw Geronimo turned in a rocking 40 minutes of melodic mayhem that accomplished the seemingly impossible in today’s musical landscape: The band, led by Laena Geronimo, sounded pretty damn unique.
Raw Geronimo announced itself with “Van Gogh Baby,” a slow-burning track off their debut album “Dream Fever” that builds into a cathartic, crashing release of pounding drums and Geronimo’s supremely confident belting. (more…)
October 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM
To write off Laena Geronimo as simply the child of a famous dad (Devo drummer Alan Myers) would be a mistake. Geronimo is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a background in symphonic music, a penchant for punk rock and a taste for vintage clothes.
It would be a similar mistake to write her band off as just another Los Angeles indie-rock pretension. Raw Geronimo, at Chop Suey tonight, has a modus operandi that goes deeper.
“I kind of always knew I would do this. I always wrote songs and I knew that at some point I’d want to create a vehicle for that,” Geronimo said. “I naturally was very shy, believe it or not, and it kind of took some time just running the gamut playing instruments in other bands (to get to this point).” (more…)
June 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Eddie Spaghetti “The Value of Nothing” (Bloodshot Records)
Seattle’s Supersuckers have always evinced a rockabilly influence in their music, and you’ll find the same kind of swing on Eddie Spaghetti’s (the Supersuckers’ bassist and one of the band’s vocalists) solo albums as well. His latest, “The Value of Nothing,” rocks its way though its 10 tracks with a carefree abandon, getting off to a rip-roaring start with the album’s title track; after the pensive, moody opening, the song kicks up its heels and starts barreling down the road like a giddy colt just waiting to bolt.
The rest of the album is taken at a more measured pace, but there’s an undeniable melancholy streak throughout, as seen in the line “I paid the price/It wasn’t worth the cost” from “Empty.” It’s a downbeat sentiment you’ll find elsewhere in both the song titles and lyrics on the album (“My wife says I’m lazy/She’s probably right” from “Waste of Time”), but the musical mood is more philosophical; “People are Sh*t,” despite its misanthropic title, has a Mariachi-style beat that gets your toes tapping.
Eddie Spaghetti will perform July 13 at Chop Suey (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com)
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