As a big fan of Tucker’s former (and hopefully future) band Sleater-Kinney, I looked forward to hearing both Corin Tucker‘s solo album 1,000 Years and to seeing her live as well. Before this show, I only got to hear her new album a few times and thus I didn’t really know most of the material she played too well beforehand.
Perhaps it’s for that reason that I found the show to be a bit lackluster. The show just never seemed to get off the ground. It worked much better on the more raucous material than on the quieter, more introspective style she tries out (and nails) on much of_1,000 Years_.
Interestingly, though, it came alive in a big way towards the end and during the encore with several well-chosen covers. The first of these was The Au Pairs‘ “It’s Obvious” followed by Elvis Costello‘s “Party Girl” and Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life”. Unlike the main set, there was sheer joy and exuberance during these songs and that coupled with how great these songs are and how Tucker was able to pull them off made me enjoy these songs that much more than most of the main set.
Openers Hungry Ghost feature drummer Sara Lund (from the excellent band Unwound; she was also the drummer in Tucker’s band), but the sound was much more akin to an indie version of ’70s blues-influenced hard rock like Led Zeppelin than anything resembling the post-hardcore fury of Unwound. This was a bit unfortunate, though Hungry Ghost weren’t bad at all.