Sunday, June 29th, 2008
CONTEST – Calexico @ The Mod Club – July 6, 2008
Photo by Wendy Lynch
Though well-regarded by many, I found Calexico’s last effort – Garden Ruin – to be a moderate disappointment. By taking a more conventional, pop-oriented approach, they shed most everything that made Calexico such a unique creative entity – namely the arid, Mariachi-infused desert flavour and instrumental excursions – and turned into a far less interesting band. Which is a shame, since for my money they struck the perfect balance between the pop and experimentalism on 2003’s Feast Of Wire. Now if they’d just called it a Joey Burns solo project backed by Calexico – which is really what it sounded like – then I’d have been fine with it, but with the band marque on it I expected more.
Anyway, they get a chance to make amends with their next record, Carried To Dust, which is out September 9. To preview the new album, they’re doing a cross-Canada tour next month and no matter how you feel about their records, Calexico live never disappoint. They’ll be at the Mod Club next Sunday, July 6, and courtesy of Against The Grain I’ve got one pair of passes to give away for the show. To enter, send me an email at contests AT chromewaves.net with “Yo quiero Calexico” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest closes at midnight, July 2.