Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Column for April 15, 2009

There are three live music concerts of interest at the new all-ages venue in Pocatello, located at Barrie’s in the Westwood Mall, just in between the discount store and the old Party Palace, on Garrett Way. Make time to see and support local live music this week.

On Thursday the 16th, a metal concert Cherubin, Laughter, Audreyrose and Danny the Skeleton Horse are in concert at 7 p.m.

On Saturday the 18th, an eclectic showcase of new local bands called Boofest, with six local bands on the line-up with Tongue Punch, Earthen Express, Something Stirring, Nyr Lif, Risingson and Dirtstar. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Risingson is a bluesy psychedelic rock band. Busani says of his band, “I think the people who come watch us play really like the idea that you can like songs in any genre from the 70’s rock and roll to the more modern alternative and soft rock.”

And on Sunday the 19th, Broke City from Salt Lake headlines with Idaho Falls’ 2am Logic and Pocatello’s Somewhere In the Middle. Doors open at 6 p.m.; cost is $10. Barrie’s is operated by the Ball Brothers Music store; Aaron Ball fronts Somewhere In the Middle, acoustic rock, opening the show at 7 p.m.

I've known Broke City for some 3 years now, one of my top four favorite bands ever. Their most recent full-length release, The Answer, is resident in my CD player pretty much 24/7. Ok, maybe 22/6, but you get the idea. I caught up with vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Joel Pack and bassist Brad Verrier from Broke City about their upcoming shows at Rexburg’s Locus Live on Saturday and Barrie’s in Pocatello on Sunday.

Broke City is a modern pop rock band, with influences from the old school, bands like The Beatles, Queen, The Cure, Howard Jones, Peter Gabriel and such. Two songs from their most current EP release, "I Feel Alive" and "A Life You Won't Miss," have been popular with their fans.

Pack said, “A lot of our newer songs have a positive energy around both the music and the lyrics, and I think people really identify with the honesty in these songs. We're not going after any kind of gimmick or cliché, and I think that our fans respond to that.”

A three-piece based in Salt Lake, The Rob, originally from Twin Falls, ID, has been playing drums with Pack for about five years. Broke City is joined by Ryan Sanders (Side Dish) on guitar for the tour.
The Scala
Broke City traveled to London, England a few months ago to participate in the Global Battle of the Bands at The Scala. “It was so great to soak in the culture and play with bands from all over the world.” And they won the title of "Best Unsigned and in the U.S.A." They have also toured across the U.S. and Canada on the Taste of Chaos tour and with 30 Seconds to Mars and The Used.

Broke City was signed with Maverick Records but is now an independent band. “Instead of putting out one full-length album over the course of 2-3 years, we're going to release a collection of 5-6 songs every 6-12 months. That way we can keep fresh in the studio, as well as stay on the road so that our fans can keep up to date on what's going on with us all the time!” Expect a new release this summer. Find Broke City online at www.myspace.com/brokecity.

2am Logic, a grunge-sounding hard rock band from Idaho Falls has two dates in the area this weekend, at Portneuf Valley Brewing on Saturday the 18th, 8:30 p.m. and again opening for Broke City at Barrie’s. Bender is slated to play at the Brewery on Friday.

The First National Bar on W. Center Street has a one-two punch of live music on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s open mic night features The Kratz Brothers (John and Luke) at 8:30, based in Pocatello, playing music that fuses rock, folk and world music styles. And The Wailing O’ Sheas make a return engagement on Friday at 9:30, an Irish Punk tribute band.
The ISU Student Activities Board is bringing Sugarcult, a California-based pop punk band to Holt Arena on Friday night, perhaps best known for the single “Bouncing Off the Walls,” with the Crash Moderns and Madison Lights. Tickets range from $3 - $10, with a $5 parking fee.

For a full schedule of local live music, visit www.mypsace.com/showmetheband. Read in-depth interviews, reviews, and music news at http://slowloosegravel.blogspot.com.

Linda Alexander
Lana Banana in Idaho

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