Monday, December 10, 2007

Chicago In Minneapolis: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir Tonight At The Triple Rock

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Download: The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - "Aspidistra"
Download: The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - "Pins And Needles"
Download: To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - "Lovers and Liars"
Download: To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - "I Box Twenty"

Monday night at the Triple Rock is going to be an fantastically fascinating juxtaposition of music, particularly if you're a fan of dry, witty blasts of poppy anglophilia or ethereal, creeping soundscapes with lovely, ghostly female vocals which are 7 minutes when the band wants to engage in brevity. It may seem odd that both Chicago-based Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, who earlier this year put out their great, but not entirely flawless, self-titled album on alt-country mecca label Bloodshot, and To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie, whose sci-fi tale about two corporations falling in love, The Patron, is a triumph of mediative mind-melting, would occupy the same musical universe, let alone share a bill together.

You seriously could not have two completely different bands in one room. But, in some way, this could be the genius musical pairing of the year. Those who have the patience to take in TKAPB heavenly, no-wave-meets-Portishead noise will be able to have the Belle and Sebastion-esque twee-pop of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (neither based in Scotland Yard, nor a gospel choir of any kind) should serve as the ideal musical palette cleanser. Those who want avant-garde adventurism and indie-rock comfort food will have the best of both worlds on stage for one night. That's the kind of music event any Patron could get behind.

Also playing is Patrick Tierney, whose music is self-described as "John Fogerty Singing Elliot Smith Songs". There's definitely a lot the latter's influence in the St.Paul-based folker's sound, but not so much the former. Which is a shame, because a little bad moon rising goes a long way, especially if you're trying to separate yourself from the singer-songwriter pack. What's interesting to not is that Tierney is playing the show on his birthday. Somebody bring Patrick a cake and a slice from Chuck E. Cheese. Listen to his songs on his MySpace.

Tickets for the 21+ show can be bought here. Doors open at 9.

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir MySpace Page
To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie Myspace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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