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November 17, 2000 @ Axis

With a rock and roll look borrowed from the likes of Led Zewppelin and The Sex Pistols and a sound mixing the original Beatles and their self-proposed followers, a revived Rubyhorse returned to their adopted home to show the Boston fans what they’ve been up to during their visit to major label land. Though much of the vocals were lost in a muddy mix the band seemed unable to shake, the attitude was clear above the din. From the splashy percussion and hummy feedback of “Happy in the Sunshine” to the key-swirled pop pulse of “Teenage Distraction,” the band worked hard, trying to cut through the carboned smoke and sooty sound. A rocked-up version of “Touch and Go” showed that the song does not always remain the same and the acousticized musical Oasis of “Any Day Now” and the Beatle-d sample slides of “Punch Drunk” renewed the set, despite spikes of noise in the latter selection. “Baby Blue” marked the band’s return to pure hook rock from which not even the U2-step “Horses” could pull them away. The Floydian scent of “Lavender” definitely did not induce sleep, but a clever cover of Frankie Vallie closed the set with a pint of Guiness piss and malt vinegar, proving the boys were back for another round.

- Matthew S. Robinson
© 2000 M. S. Robinson, ARR


July 7, 1999 @ The Burren, Somerville, MA

Months have passed sine this handful of Irish upstarts came to sleep on the floors and play in the back rooms of Greater Boston, and the band has matured well without losing their defiant scrappy drive. Fronted by a well-handled pedaled acoustic and a bubbly picked bass over sparkly drawled drums and chripy keys which were often drowned by the rest of the rig, Rubyhorse’s charismatic front man Dave Farrell (who reminded some of a slimmer, younger RobThomas)offered slightly laryngitic vocals with a gentle Liverpool lilt. Not overly energetic, the band was still professionally consistent, replacing their infamous stage antics with a restrained focus on buoyant melodies. Covers and references included The Beatles’s “Octoups’s Garden” (featuring a fitting Rickenbacker bass line) Van’s “Here Comes The Night,” Fatboy’s “Praise You,” A Stone-y shanty, a Blur-red “woo-hoo” chorus and a Frankie Vallie encore which fell into a traditional football chant. .

- Matthew S. Robinson
© 1999 M. S. Robinson, ARR


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