Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

The Del-Lords

When: Tue., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2013

What’s a good way to make a cynical music geek a true believer? Show them a reunion or two of some obscure bands in their collection that they swore would never take the stage again. Take the musical rebirth of the Del-Lords after more than two decades. Guitarist Eric Ambel had always been keen to get a crack at producing a Del-Lords album. With the band's new album, Elvis Club, he would finally get his wish more than two decades later. The material on Elvis Club crackles with an energy that matches the spirit and strength of the band’s ‘80s output, while still feeling like an album that the band would make today. For starters, it certainly has a relaxed feeling in spots; “Chicks, Man” and “When The Drugs Kick In” are proof that the Del-Lords didn’t take things too seriously. Ambel has said the Del-Lords reunion shows too have been fun so far, with the band hitting “stuff from the old records” in the setlist in addition to playing quite a few tracks from the new album. It’s a nostalgia trip that he’s happy that he was able to take, because it’s given many people who never got the chance to see the band live — both fans and even a good number of Ambel’s friends — a second shot at the prize. It’s also been a successful reunion for the band and a large part of that has to do with the fact that they’ve stayed focused on the important parts of being back together. Hint: it’s not about selling a million records. (Matt Wardlaw)

Price: $12

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