After 17 personnel changes in four years, Goodmorning Valentine guitarist Joey Beltram hopes his latest band will stick around a while. The new lineup makes its area debut at the Akron Art Museums weekly Downtown at Dusk summer musical series, which wraps its season tonight. Its just how the Akron scene is -- a lot of people play in other peoples bands, so theres a lot of comings and goings, shrugs the 28-year-old Beltram. Theres no ill will. Its just one of those things. This time around, it seems pretty permanent.
The new quartets set list includes lots of tracks found on the bands last two albums, 2003s Easter Park and 2005s Steady Your Hands. Some fans call the tunes hybrid folk and alt-pop, but Beltram groans at the labels. Im not obsessed with paying a lot of attention to genres, he says. We take a basic song structure and see what we can do with it.
Beltram says his moms collection of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits records from the 70s helped shape his songwriting. His own Wilco and Belle and Sebastian CDs also figure into the mix. Its not this verse-chord-verse-chord-verse-chord kinda thing, he says. Thats what I get a kick out of.
Thu., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2007