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April 15th, 2008: Old Time Relijun / Dvlagadam

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It had been a while since I last went there. Almost a year. I don’t really think about checking the place when gig hunting, and I was under the mistaken impression that it’s not convenient for me, it actually is. Well, I can’t be everywhere — though I wish I could, especially this month — but I’m sure glad I went today. The opening band was a guitar/drums duo called Dvlagadam. Some loud blues-rock stuff, OK at first but I thought it was not really interesting and not that well done either. I mean I don’t necessarily demand top-notch skill, provided there’s more than meets the ear, and if there was it went over my head.

Enough bitching, Old Time Relijun were just great. The singer and bass player may sometimes act like they’re possessed, but they sure know what they’re doing. I was surprised by how well written their music is; I could enjoy the show but whenever I felt like paying more attention, I could find interesting stuff going on underneath the immediate appeal. The double bass was really holding it all together with help from the drums, but even the sax, guitar and voice were not as wild as the looks suggested. Maybe I would have liked more wildness, but I’m not sure; I’m not about to suggest tinkering with what works so well. The singer’s antics — wide eyed with many voice tricks — didn’t come across as acting so much as playing, part of the music as ritual more than theater. Ritual in a very animist and primal sense, not the high affairs of sophisticated religion, par for the course with their well chosen name.

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