article by Greg Cutler for ArtsEarth
The photo of the band in their van with the mountains in the distance says it all.
Band of Lovers’ newest album speaks to the folk heroes of the sixties. Youth and vigor, loss and longing, adventure – these are all themes explored in this courageous album.
The beautiful vintage album art by Jason Gardinier, is a perfect illustration of the roads these artists travel and sing about; seeking freedom, independence, forging a new path in the world, and eventually coming home.
Back to Colorado is the song that sticks in my head the most. There are unexpected twists in the melody that continue to bounce around in my mind. Throughout the album, the two female voices (Sabina Beachdell and Liliana Urbain) are angelic; so different yet complimentary. While they are sweet and soothing, I feel that Dave Strumfeld’s unique vocal talents and emotions seem to leave a more lasting imprint.
The album performs as a single entity (as an album should); each song blending seamlessly into the next. If you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the heartfelt song craftsmanship of a truly enjoyable acoustic/indie pop/folk band that plays tribute to all the folk bands that have come before, prepare to let yourself drift down a stretch of open highway cutting through the heart of America and feel all the feelings these songs have to offer.
[Originally published in the May 4, 2011; the Arts Noticed Magazine, Edition 1]
Re/Interview and Photographs by Scott Cronan for the Arts Noticed 2011-03-01 / 2010-09-13
Rarely does a band come around that truly incites the people’s passion for music. Most bands nowadays are just ironic remakes of one another or fained attempts at some sort of emotional expunging. Whatever happened to bands like Violent Femmes, Sex Pistols or The Mars Volta? Well, actually, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, the guitarist from The Mars Volta, has a solo project called Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez) as well as producing the debut album of the Mexican garage tapatio punk band, Le Butcherettes. They are a band that takes raw emotion, talent, fear, and desire smashing it all together raging it back out in the form of leader, Teri Gender Bender’s haunting and mesmerizing irreverent stage performance.
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