Monday, June 01, 2009

Doves & Wild Light are coming!


Sunday Night 6/7/09
SCENE: The House of Blues Boston

The greatest shows are not the ones where you get to see the best bands you can pull to a particular venue on a particular night. The best show experiences are when everything seems to fit together and you’re really there to see one big performance with multiple quality acts on the set. This can be a happy accident, but, in the case of today's post, it's completely intentional: Coming up on June 7th is a show that just might work out like that: Manchester UK’s Doves play the House of Blues that night, and they will be supported by New Hampshire’s Wild Light who were named “Outstanding Rock Act of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards in December. This show looks very promising!


Ryan Nicholson photo

RSL Video Pick: Wild Light's "California On My Mind"

It's hard for Boston folks not to feel a sense of ownership when it comes to the success of regional music heroes Wild Light. Months ago (after they had won their Boston Music Award, but before their debut album was released,) we saw them in a lineup with celebrated blog band Tapes ‘N Tapes at the Paradise. We weren't impressed with Tapes who we have seen multiples times now in their heyday (before singer Josh Grier needlessly shredded his voice on tour - and the band began re-arranging their songs to account for it.) The high point of the evening (as it is with many of their shows,) Wild Light upstaged their tour mates at the Paradise - performing exceptionally well in front of a local audience. They went on do a stint with The Killers and shined there - we hear, anyways. It's hard for Boston, and New England as a whole, not to take some pride in this upstart band!


RSL Video Pick: Doves' "Kingdom of Rust"

Being from England, Doves really are all-mine. They come from my long-lost hometown in Northern England. This gig, to support their new, fourth, album “Kingdom of Rust,” is the band's first in Boston in several years, and you’d be a fool to miss it, because they are one of the better live acts in England right now. (Here's our review of the new record, which ran in April.)

Best of all, these two bands compliment each other really well, both playing cleverly holistic melodies on bass and guitar, which make them sound musically warm and inviting. Go and see them both, not for either one, but for a whole night of moving music. Highly Recommended!

1 comment:

David said...

Caught the show last night... Wild Light: I hadn't seen before, but my friend caught them awhile back and said it seemed like a record company got a hold of them and subtracted/added members. She didn't remember the tatted emo boy singing. I thought it was a band in need of good songs... The "main" guy had the best voice. The Emo dude seemed like a douche--I can't stand pretentious affectation. As long as this band is riding trends this band will never go anywhere. It's like the same old thing, but nothing new or interesting added to the formula.

I saw Doves in 2001 in Denver and they were amazing. This was their 1st American tour supporting Lost Souls.

Unfortunately this show didn't come close... I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong I LOVE THIS BAND. In fact, I was especially ill but still managed to drag my bum out. The first three songs the drummer couldn't quite get "synched up" with all the sequencers. Everyone was kind of looking around like, "wtf is going on?" That's one thing I really abhor... it seemed like only 40% of the music was actually live.

BUT I just love their songs and the vocals... it was a very long set and probably only Seasong is the only song I wanted to hear they DIDN'T play.