North Elementary and Lud held a sort of joint "albums release" show for their respective new releases, Honcho Poncho and Defenestration Boulevard, last Friday. Lakes&Woods opened, but I missed them (sorry!).
It was kind of an early show, which promted Lud frontman Kirk Ross to wonder why the fuck they ever went on at 1:00am back in the day? Maybe starting relatively early was more conducive to the slow build of this night. Lud's first few numbers were a kind of mellow-but-intense brand of Americana, and it was a nice way to begin. Then, gradually, the intensity turned less mellow, and by the end, they were burning down the newly-constructed Cat's Cradle Back Room (shame on them). Not being from these parts, I'd only seen Lud, I think, once before. I remember that entire show being heavy and fast... but it was the Cave, and I'd had a few. The slow-to-fast burn of this show, however, really worked.
There are a lot of songs that grow on you in this collection: the 80's vibe of those two, the summer breeziness of Eventually Everything Connects and the opener, Return to Couches, and the barroom rocker Undressed and a Place to Go. Again with the variety.
So good album, and good show. Oh, and, um, not to take anything away from the band -- but if they had pulled the plug on the music when the cat videos started playing, I would have still been plenty entertained.