“What about the Dirty Guv’nahs?” you might be asking. It was, after all, their CD release party. Honestly, it’s just too much to write it all in one blog post, so I’ve broken it up. I took 283 photographs Friday night and I worked them down to 88, which is still too many for two posts, let alone two. By the time I cut them down the division came to roughly half Guv’nahs and half others, so today you get the others. And the others cranked it out pretty well, I must say.
The Black Cadillacs always rock the house and they did not disappoint Friday. Urban Daughter and I staked out a place by the front barricade (which should have been secured, by the way) around 5:00. While she held the spot I grabbed sandwiches from Tomato Head. It felt like old times when the two of us rushed to Sundown in the City after school and work. I feared 5:00 would be too late to secure our prime spot, but I needn’t have worried: the crowd arrived fashionably late.
Will Horton, the charismatic lead vocalist spins, dances, screams and bangs his tambourine whipping the band and the crowd into a frenzy. Their new songs, released earlier this summer, stand up well to their older material as they pursue the edges of grunge-rock. The sound increasingly veers more in the direction of the White Stripes or the Black Keys, though the element of southern, whiskey-soaked rock and roll remains a presence in everything they do.
I particularly enjoyed the keyboard player and found myself trying to remember if he’d been with them when I’ve seen them before. If so, he stood out more Friday night than he has in the past. The lead guitarist seemed to have been placed higher in the mix and took more leads, which seemed, to me, a good thing. I’m still wondering if the addition of a great multi-instrumentalist wouldn’t push the band to new heights. In any case, I always enjoy them. This, children, is real rock and roll.