I was trying to remember when and how I first came across Seattle's The Walkabouts and after I had just about given up and was going to introduce this concert by saying I could not remember how and when, a little light came on somewhere in the memory as I recalled quite clearly that one of their songs had been included on an Uncut magazine sampler CD, some years ago, (and for the record the promotion worked as I went on to buy many of their albums).
Having formed back in 1984, the band have toured Europe on a good number of occasions. This is a really good quality soundboard recording of the band that has has a little further mixing and editing to a very high standard. Performing live at 013 in Tilburg, Holland back on August 28th 2005, this is The Walkabouts.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@224 - 320kbps.
Genre: Indie rock, Alt. country, Country rock.
Set: Full Set.
01. F Your Fear
02. Coming Up For Air
03. Devil In The Details
04. Jack Candy
06. Train to Mercy
08. Before This City Wakes
09. Northsea Train
10. Stir the ashes
11. Blue Head Flame
13. Grand Theft Auto
14. The Light Will Stay On
15. Have You Ever Seen The Morning
16. Snake Mountain Blues
17. The Last Ones
Band Line Up:
Chris Eckman - guitar, vocals
Carla Torgerson - guitar, vocals
Terri Moeller - drums
Michael Wells - bass
Glenn Slater - keyboards
Links: MySpace site HERE. Fan Site HERE.
Background information on the band from Wikipedia: The Walkabouts are an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984. The core members are vocalist Carla Torgerson and vocalist and songwriter Chris Eckman. Although the rest of the line-up has changed occasionally, for most of the time the other members have been Michael Wells, Glenn Slater and Terri Moeller.
The band draws inspiration from folk and country music, particularly Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, but also from other types of artists and musical styles such as Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, French chanson and Jacques Brel. Their sound is typically rich, with string arrangements and keyboards in addition to the standard rock instruments. In reviews the band's music is often described as melancholic or mellow, while Eckman's lyrics, concerning such themes as human relations, loneliness and restlessness, are often emphasized as poetic.
The Walkabouts have achieved commercial success and a strong fanbase in Europe, where they have done promotion and extensive touring since early 1990s. They have occasionally even made it high on the record charts in countries such as Greece and Norway.