if i get old, i’m living easy
I’ve told the story before in this space, about how I went to shows and then I stopped, and then I started again. Now I go to many shows. The band that sealed the deal on starting again is this Canadian “death country” group called Elliott Brood. I don’t know what makes them “death country.” I don’t know why I went to that show. But I know why I keep going to see them, and it’s because there’s something in that melancholy that makes me achingly happy.
elliott brood @ schubas tavern, 2012-02-24
youthful hearts / get stressed along the road / and buried under all they come to know
They have a new album out, Days Into Years. It’s been out in Canada for a while (and, in fact, made my best-of 2011 list), but it comes out in the States next week. Their U.S. tour just started. Check the dates and check them out.
Sorry this isn’t much of a writeup, but I love these shows too much to talk about them.
Oh, but here — they had some kind of contest on their site for people to pick their favorite live videos. I didn’t see the contest; only the results, but this video was one of them.
My own memory of that show (that song, even) looks like this:
elliott brood at ontario place, vancouver olympics, 2010-02-17
ANYWAY. The opener last night was a lovely guy named Curtis Evans. I’d seen him before, with Dave Hause and Cory Branan, and I enjoyed his set enough that I walked over to him at the bar and told him so. He was kind enough to give me a free CD, and I wanted to listen to it and tell you how it was, but so far I haven’t managed to turn off the Elliott Brood. Alt.country and Americana fans, check him out.