Saturday was an great change of pace, as I came to find that many marathon runners made their way over to their local LP retailer in support of Record Store Day. Following the whole one-year tradition I’ve set for myself, I made my way over to Slowtrain on Broadway.
I arrived just in time to catch the ending set from Band Of Annuals, playing out back to a fairly large showing. Playing old favorites and supporting the store. Following them inside the store was RuRu, decorated guitar and harmonica in hand. Bringing in a strong crowd the soft spoken guitarist started singing song after song off the Elizabeth album, pouring emotion into the whole set even with a cough and going off little sleep from the prior week. He finished up with the album’s title track to a standing ovation. For those of you who would like to catch his show, RuRu will be playing at Velour this Saturday along side Mud Bison and Sayde Price. Shortly after we made our way back outside for a set from the always busy The Devil Whale. I took off for a short while but made my way back in time for Cub Country’s own Jeremy Chatelain, representing the band with wife Kathryne by his side for backup vocals. The duo hit off a quick set of newer numbers and older favorites, drawing in one of the larger audiences of the day. Catch the full-band experience May 26th over at Kilby Court.
Bringing the day to a close was the ever powerful Eagle Twin. These two made the whole building vibrate! Being long experienced in concerts and dealing with temp hearing loss, I knew to have my earplugs ready for this show. I have industrial plugs, the stiff orange kind that make a chainsaw sound like a cat purring. And even with those plugged in I felt like I was going deaf. They brought the noise in full force, with Gentry bellowing from the throat and Tyler breaking sticks along the way, the two showcased material from their dual EP and brought the mostly mellow day down to its knees. Awesome job by Chris & Anna, as well as their staff for keeping pace with the heavy traffic, and the bands for putting on damn fine shows.