Live at The Earl, it was supa-group time…
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOHN BOYDSTON
It was remarkable how this band came out swinging at The Earl Saturday night. Youda thought they were a new hungry band trying to get noticed, with something to prove, and a batch of urgent new songs you need to hear. While all that is true – instead of being a new band Filthy Friends is a who’s who of veteran indie-rock giants who could be coasting, making a victory lap record and on cruise control. This is a band that is hungry again, poised, and playing like they mean it.
The band is Corin Tucker (of Sleater-Kinney), Linda Pitmon on drums, Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, and of course Peter Buck who is back in top form. I haven’t seen him move, dig in, or jangle as much as he was here in way too many years and it’s great to see some fire back in his playing. And how cool is it seeing Scott back where he belongs after recovering from a serious health issue a couple years back?
Based in Portland, OR Filthy Friends have just released their 2nd LP ‘Emerald Valley’ and has a few more dates this week as they head up the US East coast, wrapping up in NYC, then it’s off for a short Euro tour. Go and enjoy some veterans showing the kids how to do it.
Upcoming tour dates are here: https://www.killrockstars.com/
Opening act was the great Dressy Bessy and they are with Filthy Friends until the end of the week, then continuing their tour into the summer, with a new LP release early June.
Don’t miss ‘em. You’ve been warned.
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