Triply taken aback, I was… or I should prolly say ‘trebly’
but din’t wanna confuse- being as Music is the overall topic here…
First, this rootsy-folksie, multi-genre but open-aire (not ‘country’) band started off tonight with a Pink Floyd song.
Next, the song was on the obsure-ish side, or a ‘deep cut’ at least: “Fearless” from the early-ish Meddle album (’71).
Third-ish-ly, it struck me as just about genius that this band would choose that song- like, I whoa’d out loud (wol’d);
a couple of others from that same album might seem to be more likely choices (“Seamus” or “San Tropez” … right?).
And the fourth and final of our three points? They did it well. Well, no surprise there; this is a pretty fine band here.
It’s just that what they did with the moody, acousticly oriented but still decidedly progressive composition was exactly
as we never knew it should be. Ain’t that the mark of creative musical expertise? The interpretation goes to a place,
or in a direction, unexpected and surprising but not shocking or jarring or otherwise egregious (ouch!). End result: a
pleasant surprise indeed! A viable take on an underground classic, sounding sufficiently reminiscent of the original to
remain recognizable, but it takes a minute… and the realization is refreshing as an unanticipated and viable ‘version.’
And with that, ummm… we’re just about at the end of the second set, or the end of the show- The End, and not the Doors.
Most of Shatterack’s repertoire is original material from the pens and minds and fretboards of the band’s acoustic axe-toting lead singer, Dani Cross, and their second guitarist, John Putnam. They write the songs, then they work ’em in, and then they bring the works to the band and they all work it out from there. Reason for this discussion is, they did likewise for pretty much all the ‘versions’ (not covers) they did tonight- in fact, one of the selections (I forget which, now) took me quite a while to place for sure, and then my confidence in the conclusion continued to wishy-washy waffle back & forth. The creative collaborations might have had an initial intention to stay fairly close to the originals, and the results don’t stray from the spirit of the song, but they do tend to wind up in a place that steps aside a bit- and favorably so. These are ‘versions’ and not covers (we’ve had this discussion before). Might that not be one way to spot a highly creative artist, to recognize that ability to carry a composition beyond itself, to add dimension?
The Rapids in Huntington is one of the many points we’re gonna leave hanging for now…
This band warrants and will surely bear up to further discussion… there’s a lot to talk about!
Jimm O’D ~ The Dusty Turntable