AT FIRST LISTEN, I thought this Maryland band’s Mad Minds was an early Band of Horses album (before Ben Bridwell decided he’d rather be Levon Helm, that is) … it grew on me.
Heavy Lights is for you if you’re partial to the big-sounding pop/rock of Built to Spill or The War on Drugs, or the sort of experimental songs with grandiose choruses linked by bursts of reverb-drenched electric guitars, dissonance and sweeping synthesizers that lots and lots of bands are laying down these days.
Still, the arrangements are complex and interesting. There are finely-etched Americana sounds, too, Wilco-via-Neil Young stuff, on Mad Minds, every tune featuring stellar harmonies and the falsetto lead vocals of band founder Ryan Nicholson (man, that guy has a high voice!)
Opening: Savannah’s Keith Baudry is the singer and guitar-basher half of the lo-fi duo Sister Beards. He performs and records with a drummer (see White Stripes, The) and describes Sister Beards as “a revolving door for whoever I might end up working with.”
At 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Saw them (for the third time) in Toronto on Saturday, they were on the top…
Thanks, Jim and Connect. Good stuff.