Just about a year ago, I saw David Vandervelde play one of the best shows I witnessed in all of 2007. He was touring in support of his first album, The Moonstation House Band, a melodic swirling, psychedelic, glamrock gem steeped deep in the influence of artists like Marc Bolan and and David Bowie. For his new one, Waiting For The Sunrise, David softens the focus a little bit an comes up up with a twist on that sound that ends up falling somewhere between the seventies California sheen of Fleetwood Mac and the midwestern alt country pop of The Jayhawks, and even includes a song co written with Jay Bennett of Wilco. If you’re currently digging on the new folky sounds of bands like Fleet Foxes or Midlake, this is one you won’t want to miss.
David Vandervelde – I Will Be Fine
Buy Waiting For The Sunrise (release date August 5th, 2008)
Upcoming Tour Dates
07/18/08 Chicago, IL KEXP Live From Chicago with Cheryl Waters
07/27/08 Chicago, IL Schubas
07/31/08 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge w/ Grizzly Bear
08/31/08 Los Angeles, CA Fuck Yeah Fest
Upcoming Tour Dates
07/25/07 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/26/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland w/ Besnard Lakes
07/27/07 Ann Arbor, The Blind Pig – Blitzen Trapper
07/28/07 Milwaukee, WI – Stonefly Brewing Co
08/04/07 Chicago, IL – Schubas w/ Illinois + Black Angels
08/05/07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
So I headed out to Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on a beautiful Monday summer night mainly to see the amazing Blitzen Trapper and ended up seeing a full night of great music. First up was Shreveport, Louisiana’s The Peekers, who turned out an inspired set of psyche-folk-indie rock somewhat similar to the sound of Park The Van label mates,Philly’s own Dr Dog, and The Teeth.
Blitzen Trapper’s country tinged explosion of sound, which they captured so well on their new record ,Wild Mountain Nation is even better live and should be on your do not miss list if they’re coming to your town. Hot, hot, hot. Get out and see them even if it is a school night, you’ll be glad you did.
Next up was my biggest surprise of the evening, David Vandervelde, an artist I knew absolutely zero about when I walked in the door came out and totally rocked the house with his glam rock meets power pop sound. Some of the the boys from Blitzen Trapper joined them for a number of songs adding additional guitar and vocals. I’m a believer.
Pick up their records and run, don’t walk to see these bands if they appear in your ‘hood.
Check their websites and myspace pages for upcoming shows.