The Daily Choice: Chain and the Gang – Deathbed Confession
I was standing at a bar called The Parkside in Potrero Hill last Saturday night, in a state of befuddlement as Calvin Johnson, sans guitar, silently shook maracas and sang a series of lyrics everybody seemed to be enjoying but myself. I stood and wondered if perhaps, after missing the entire Fresh & Onlys set, I’d thrown my ten dollars in the gutter of waste.
And then, Ian Svenonius and his new band Chain and the Gang stepped on stage, literally tearing through a set of revamped, tweaked, toyed with homages to gospel and chain gang songs that had my foot tapping and my worries dispelled. Svenonius is sort of a legend ’round the indie parts, being a part of The Make-Up (amazing) and a good friend of the aforementioned Calvin Johnson, and seeing him live proved just why. He’s a ball of big haired energy, thrusting the microphone about, screaming, yelling, gently talking – the whole kitten kaboodle. I was shocked and impressed and came home with a fresh copy of their new LP, Down With Liberty … Up With Chains!
I will forsake freedom any day for this good of music.