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"It gives a reward to the patient listeners," Lind says of the track. "A lot of people will probably say, 'This is going on forever,' and hit eject."
"We really don't expect people to listen to that part more than a few times," Adkins adds with a laugh.
At the band's February 27 Green Room show, getting people to listen was not one of the band's more pressing problems. Thanks in part to a band guest list that numbered 100 people, the sold-out show turned into an overflow, and the mood couldn't have been more celebratory.
Opening acts Chula and Reuben's Accomplice played strong sets, and the latter group paid tribute to the night's conquering heroes by covering the raucous guitar raver, "Blister," one of the highlights from Clarity.
Hitting the stage a few moments later, Jimmy Eat World launched into the ethereal "For Me This Is Heaven," which opens with Adkins singing, "The first star I see may not be a star." Mixing the best moments from Clarity and Static Prevails, they demonstrated again why they're head-and-shoulders above most emo practitioners.
While their dramatic sense of dynamics, knack for unpredictable vocal harmonies, interlocking guitar figures and a punishing rhythm section (which includes rock-solid bassist Rick Burch) each have a lot to do with it, much of the difference has to do with good old-fashioned charisma. When Adkins tears into a vocal, his eyes closed in deep concentration and his head snapping back and forth like a twig in the wind, the band's melancholy confessionals assume an epic sense of triumph.
Nowhere was that more evident than on the band's live rendition of "Blister." Seemingly half the crowd sang along as Linton hit the key line, "How long would it take me to walk across the United States all alone?" It was an apt question, as the band prepared to embark on a five-week national tour. But if the crowd response was any indication, this band will never have to walk alone.
Ferry Ride: Local alt-country heroes the Revenants have inked a deal with local label Hayden's Ferry. The label has had success in so-called Americana music circles with bands like The Ignitors and Stomp Gospel, and the Revenants would seem a logical fit. The Revenants' most recent album, Artists and Whores, was released last year on the now defunct Epiphany label, and the group has since recorded an excellent live-in-the-studio EP. Hayden's Ferry chief Stu Baker says the band will complete this recording, adding a few tracks to make it a full-length effort. Baker expects the album to be released in May or June.
You Can Call Him Al: Tucson roots-rock pioneer Al Perry will make a rare Valley appearance with his band, the Cattle, on Saturday, March 6, at the Arizona Roadhouse in Tempe. Opening the show will be Perry's longtime friends, the Nitpickers.
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