Monday, November 19, 2007
Georgie James at The Black Cat
Friday night, Sarah and I headed out to the Black Cat to catch D.C. local indie-pop rock stars Georgie James. The band, fronted by former Q And Not U member John Davis and singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn, played a solid set, made up of songs mostly from their newly released full-length album, "Places" (This doesn't have much to do with anything, but I love the cover of this album. I got a free poster when I bought the CD at the show, and I'm thinking of getting it framed just because it's so pretty. Davis and Burhenn are attractive in a very interesting way.) Check it:
I was first exposed to GJ when they opened for fellow D.C. artist Ted Leo over the summer. Sarah and I were both wowed by the well crafted songs and catchy lyrics of this "opening band," and vowed to keep an eye out for them in the future.
The songs of "Places" manage to feel light and unencumbered, and at the same time, rich. It is a complex, "filled in" sound that, rather than getting the heart racing, causes it to beat in time to the music. The band's two vocalists Davis and Burhenn have appealing voices; they are easy to listen to without being boring, and their voices work seamlessly with the music, both enhancing and being enhanced by it. Their first full-length is a strong piece of work, and I look forward to seeing where they go in the future. GJ's blog is here, for those who would like to keep up with their doings.
"What songs do I need?" you ask:
Need Your Needs
Bonus Band: Aqueduct
In a strange parallel with the Ted Leo show, the opening band for Georgie James rocked me pretty dang hard. I may be late to this party, but
check them out, the lead singer reminds me of a combination of my friend Drew and Jack Black.