Saturday, March 4th, 2006
The Look Of Flowers That Are Looked At
People hereabouts are getting excited about the April 13 Voxtrot show at Sneaky Dee’s, but it would be an injustice to ignore the other band on that tour, Los Angeles’ Irving. Boasting five singer/songwriters and some uncanny pop sense, the band have expanded their sonic palette on their third platter and the results are, frankly, a lot more interesting. I mean, I like Beatle-y/Beach Boy-y power-pop as much as the next guy, but sometimes it’s like eating a case of pixie sticks. Not all that substantial and can leave you a little queasy. But Irving are like rock sugar – sweet but not overprocessed. And they might make your teeth hurt, but not from decay. Just from… breaking them. I don’t know, this analogy is going nowhere. I’m getting off the bus here.
But don’t take it out on Irving. Their new album, Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers, is out April 4 and like most bands on the planet, they’ve got music available to sample on their MySpace page or via eCard – or you can just grab/watch these. Like many bands, they’re going to be ALL over SxSW – dates and times on their MySpace page – and if you’re heading to their Toronto show to catch Voxtrot, be sure to get there early enough to see Irving. Tickets for that one just went on sale, $6 is all it’ll cost ya.
Exclaim! wants to introduce you to the works of Mr Elvis Costello. What’s that? You’ve heard of him? The devil you say! EC’s new album is a jazz record – Live With the Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue came out this past Tuesday.
np – Elvis Costello / Extreme Honey