Through & Through Gospel Review
MIM Music Theatre
June 30, 2013
It was Sunday evening, and we weren't in church, but a crowd gathered at the MIM Music Theatre to hear unconventional gospel-pop songs written by Joel Marquard and performed by the Gospel Claws frontman and a 13-piece live band.
Marquard's Through & Through Gospel Review, making only its second performance ever, is influenced by gospel records of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s and performs in such genre/era-appropriate stagewear as hats, neckties, suspenders, and vintage dresses. But that's where any old-timey theological connection ends -- Marquard capped opening song "I'm Not Dead, I'm Alive" thusly: "Thank you. We are the Wu-Tang Clan."