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Jesse Lacey / Kevin Devine / Brian Bonz: live in Brooklynlive in Brooklyn (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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While it's bound to produce some scoffing from those on this site that actually fit Max Bemis' interestingly worded stereotype, Jesse Lacey's cover of Jawbreaker's "Accident Prone" is goddamn incredible. Sure, I'm biased; Lacey's band, Brand New, has basically cemented itself in a short list of my a.
While it's bound to produce some scoffing from those on this site that actually fit Max Bemis' interestingly worded stereotype, Jesse Lacey's cover of Jawbreaker's "Accident Prone" is goddamn incredible. Sure, I'm biased; Lacey's band, Brand New, has basically cemented itself in a short list of my all-time favorites, while my love for Jawbreaker nearly meets that length. I find "Accident Prone," in particular, to be one of Blake Schwarzenbach's best songs in an already devastating catalogue. So when I first heard an MP3 of Lacey's version, played live at a solo show in Farmingdale, NY at The Downtown in October 2004, I was absolutely floored -- even if Lacey mildly flubs one of the words. (Check it out here.)
The other three guys came out for "Luca," which might've been the prime highlight of the set. The ensemble played a minimal but still haunting version, with Lacey showing careful restraint during the explosion towards the end when he would normally scream "--where you been?"; he instead reared back and sang the lines in that same breathy manner. Bonz and Strandberg left after that, but Devine stayed to help on "Play Crack the Sky" and the Bruce cover, the latter of which found its opening lines causing a very audible gasp from one very psyched girl in the crowd.
Lacey needed help from the crowd remembering how the second verse to "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" went. My advice? Just play something else if you don't have it down pat. The song's great, but I wouldn't mind the space being filled by something we all haven't heard ad nauseum.
"Jesus" was naturally countrified with a full-band delivery, as he's been doing at solo shows, while they played the fantastic "Cotton Crush" late in the set. Though I was aching for "Accident Prone" and the rest of the crowd for "Soco Amaretto Lime," Lacey chose to close with "aloC-acoC."
The lights remained off and the audience stayed put after Lacey had left, but there was no encore -- even when the door next to the stage opened almost a dozen times with no one walking through it. It might've been just a draft, but it's more likely that someone was teasing the crowd, whose vocal excitement rose and died with each opening of the door.
Set list (9:37-10:50):
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