Danny Price, with a smile during a rare happy song
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Saturday I braved the cold and (lecture time: you guys should be lucky I went out at all seeing as how I only found out about this show through a Friday posting on myspace) saw Danny Price and the Loose Change open for Floor Model at the Riverwest Commons. Actually, there was an opening band called A Late Sky that didn't do a lot for me. Probably because they reminded me of Bruce Hornsby or Dave Matthews and the like, and Hornsby and Matthews don't do a lot for me. It's the American wistful thing going, except that there didn't seem to be any kind of dynamics going on. Good background bar music, but nothing that inspired me to wade through he crowd and give them my undivided attention. Plus, I think these kids are new to the scene and they need to learn a bit of band etiquette. Rule 1: Always acknowledge the other bands on the bill while you're on stage. . In fact, thank them even if you don't know them or think they suck. Example, "We'd like to thank so-and-so and blah blah blah for having us out tonight." Rule 2: Acknowledge the other bands OFF the stage, too. Find them. Trade business cards with them. Tell YOUR fans to stick around and check them out, and not just on stage. Rule 3: YOU should stick around and check them out. Maybe this all happened, but it was like these guys played and got the hell out of there and took their fans with them, leaving a few hypercritical fans to watch the two remaining bands. You can violate these rules if you're massively established and you don't need to network, but ALS (yes, they use these initials and honestly, guys, maybe it wasn't such a good idea to name your band after Lou Gehrig's Disease) is not at that level yet. But back to the music. It was OK, I guess. I'm just not into that kind of thing, even if you're trying to evoke a classic Jackson Browne album with your name.
Danny Price and the Loose Change was next. I know who Danny Price is because he's sat in with sixthstation favorites Eat The Mystery (and they share Paul Setser on keys between them) and after hearing them, I can say they're kindred spirits working in different genres. Price writes entertainingly sad songs, almost drinking songs, but in that country/folky road that ALS was traveling down. Part Neil Young, part Tom Waits in terms of lyrics and general feel, but Price actually has a nice voice. Daring with the arrangements, too: First song was titled "Love Song for a Succubus" and while (and Price admits this) the chord changes themselves were basic and simple, they were augmented with some intriguingly messed up time signatures and changes -- a tool I don't normally hear in this genre. I'd say the first half of the set was definitely stronger than the second half, but Price has lots of great raw ideas that will be worth watching the progression to a polished act.