As primarily a Live Nation booking venue, Brighton Music Hall's schedule has been more or less in sync with the national touring scene in recent memory. But tonight, some Boston craziness is surely going to descend, with DOM and Needy Visions bringing in some much needed local love.
Can we really call DOM's singer/songwriter Dom (who chooses not to give his last name) local though? Talking to him on the phone today from his tour van, it sounds like he might as well be from parts unknown. According to the singer (who plays at Brighton Music Hall tonight) his story begins after bouncing around in foster homes and group homes until he finally ended up getting lost (or found) in Worcester's underground. Then there is a big blur, somehow writes these amazingly catchy songs on a lark, and ends up getting signed to EMI (Astralwerks) based on buzz alone.
Our hero goes so far as to actually crack Billboard with the bratty, punky, bubblegummy Family of Love EP before leaving the label in a burning wreck. "Pretty good, eh?" he tells me, sounding much like a 7 year-old learning a skateboarding trick.
Dom also made it clear to me that EMI messed with the Family of Love mixes, trying to make them more appealing to whom they believed to be DOM's target audiences. He won't be having any of that again with his new label. "I'm expensive," he says.
Here is the original DOM mix of "Telephone" from Family of Love. Check out the early-Eno vibe on the guitar.
Whether or not you think the kid is nuts, I can tell you from talking to Dom that he's passionate, sweet, and alive....with good instincts. When he tells me that DOM's new material is more complex and focused, I can't help but tell him that it worries me. Being spontaneous seems to really be working here. But Dom insists that he has to get out the emotions of the two-year roller coaster that the music industry has put him through. So, let's see what he's got.
Needy Visions are also shaping their sound. Dan Shea, Sam Potrykus and co. have finished work on their second album, Deuces, and are currently shopping the record around. Few bands have been hitting the scene harder than Needy Visions and their Boston Phoenix nomination for best garage rock band is a cool and worthy nod.
I got a chance to preview a couple of tracks from Deuces, and while definitely featuring some good old distorted guitar, these songs move well beyond garage rock. "Be Together" is a swamped-out stomper with a grizzled blues tuning and a sweet Mountain Dew melody. With any more strain on the vocals, the song might pop, but the tension works perfectly here. "Hoverboard" cranks the fuzz and grizzle to a brasher and more charmingly lo-fi early-eighties New Zealand place, as sing/shouted vocals zing back and forth like a roomful or drunk art school brothers from Dunedin creating their own take at "Sympathy for the Devil." Bongos and what sound like an electric-sax solo fill out the mix.
No shortage of fun here!
with Filligar, Needy Visions
Friday, May 11
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ Show
Advance Box Office Price $14
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