August 28, 2013
Summer Fades Featuring The New Highway Hymnal, Eldridge Rodriguez, Slowdim | New World Tavern, Plymouth | 1 Sept.
Sure, the last thing we need now is a reminder that summer will leave us, as she always leaves us, packing her stuff into the station wagon, pointing her pony tail north and her car south, and heading out of town. But leave it to our bloggers-in-arms over at The Ash Gray Proclamation to turn the annual indignity into a cause for celebration, an excuse to bring -- for what may be the very first time -- an indie rock show to a place called the New World Tavern in Plymouth, Mass., a tavern which, based on a glance at Google Maps, is pretty much a stone's throw from where this blog's executive editor's umpteen-times-over grandfather bumbled his way into establishing a colony. But that's all ancient history -- the important thing is rock 'n' roll music, and the AGP is bringing that in spades Sunday. We are given to understand the event kicks off with a world premiere of Dark Spring, the terrific, forthcoming full-length from Boston psych-rock veterans Guillermo Sexo. We've heard the record, it slays, you'll want to make sure you get thee to Plymouth to hear it (especially the epic one-two punch of the songs "Carried A Golden Heart" and "Meow Metal"). Thereafter, there will be sets of rock music from a trio of leading Boston rock acts: power-pop champs Slowdim; noise-pop goliaths Eldridge Rodriguez and acid-groove lords The New Highway Hymnal. All of this kicks off early, AGP helmer Bryan Hamill told us last week, with the album premiere beginning around 7PM, so you'll need to find a shirt and your car keys late that afternoon in order to make the scene at a useful hour. All the details are at this Facebook event page.
What of these bands, you may be wondering? Well, topliners The New Highway Hymnal are very close to dropping a new single if these two Facebook updates (1, 2) are to be believed, and the trio has been steadily gigging around town all summer. We touched base with Eldridge Rodriguez for an update, and he told us -- among other things -- that he and his present band (Midriff New York honcho Clayton Keiber, and brothers Dennis and Dave Grabowski) are at work on a new record that will feature "tons of noise, tons of pop." The band will help kick off the week-long TT The Bear's 40th anniversary celebration next month, to boot. We also checked in with Paul Sentz from Slowdim for the latest and greatest. His band delivered a long-awaited, self-titled debut long-player at the front-end of the year [review], a record packed with big ideas and bigger hooks. These days, according to Mr. Sentz, Slowdim is developing new material for a potential EP, and is chewing over an idea for a new slower, washed out take on the album cut "Wishing Well" that will hopefully be realized soon. All of the above suggests to us Sunday night in Plymouth is going to be a winner. So come on, come help AGP chase the season out of town... until next year.