Monday, January 21, 2008

Feeling American

I know it's not the same band. I know this upcoming record probably won't be as good as the shockingly great "Love Song For Patriots," but I don't care.

I can't tell you how excited I am for April 24. What's that day? Well, that's when one of my favorite bands of all time, American Music Club, will perform in New Haven. Even better? The Mark Eitzel-led (that's him in the photo) group will be at Cafe Nine, playing an incredibly intimate show that is sure to make my week ... and month. I can't wait.

American Music Club formed in 1982, but, of course, I did not know about the band then. I first caught wind of the guys in 1993, when I was a little 14-year-old boy who happened to buy "Mercury" randomly on the recommendation of some clerk at my local Strawberries. It was a spooky disc for a kid used to listening to a lot of Dinosaur Jr. and prog rock at the time. AMC is often credited with inventing the slow-core genre, the kind of dense and passively paced folk music often associated with such artists as Red House Painters, Cat Power, Smog, Shearwater and, controversially, even Elliot Smith. You need patience to like it and it grows on you like fungus. Too good.

The band broke up in 1994, and like most fans, I just continued to listen to the old albums and get excited every time Eitzel put out another solo record. And then, out of the blue, AMC reunited and returned with "Love Songs" in 2004. The album is easily the most consistent and best of AMC's career. I love it.

Well, now with a new bass player and drummer, AMC will return once again with "The Golden Age" on Feb. 18 on Merge. I haven't received a review copy yet, so I can't comment on its quality, but I know I'm super excited to hear it.

Anyway, I just can't get over AMC at Cafe Nine. I can't wait. I'll even not watch a Red Sox game because of it. Woo-hoo. Tickets are only $10, and, eventually, you'll be able to get them online at the venue's Web site.

See you there, and look out for my review of the record, I'll surely preview this show, too.


ChrisB. said...

Holy freakin' freak. This is almost too much for me to handle right now.


Pat Ferrucci said...

Me too. Me too.