Grace Potter in a nightgown: “I don’t want to be the one you forget,” sings Greta Morgan (née Salpeter) in “Medicine Man.” “I don’t wanna be the one you regret.” That’s regret — not forget. “Medicine Man” seems at first as if poised to deconstruct “Magic Man” in a hipster-band sort of way, but it does not. In fact, Ann and Nancy Wilson’s brazen dude-worship rocker from 1976 is about another thing entirely. “Medicine Man” is really an update of Phil Spector’s girl-band laments of the 1960s, the latent psychology of which volumes have been written.
But much of the Hush Sound’s music is delivered with measures of Grace Potter’s sense of vulnerability. It sucks up a listener into the Hush Sounds’ tractor beam, vulnerability does. It makes one want to know more about Greta Morgan Salpeter.
After four years, when the band took their clumsy name off the shelf and went on a lengthy hiatus, Morgan proved that she was the fuel in the Hush Sound. She launched another band that nailed down some impressive tour support gigs before the rest of the Hush-sters came back. Not bad, for a classically trained pianist.
The Hush Sound started in 2004 in Illinois. But the roots of the quartet extend back to middle school, when Greta Salpeter and Bob Morris became friends and started making music for fun. In time, other instruments were enlisted. A band was forged with current members Chris Fuller on bass, drummer Darren Wilson, and guitarist Mike Leblanc (who did not return to the current lineup). Songs were written, and some of them gained label attention. A handful of singles and albums and 129,000 Facebook “likes” later, the Hush Sound has gained an identity as an indie-pop act. No, there’s nothing very original here, but who said everything has to sound original to be a good time?
The Last Royals and Sidney Wayser also perform.
The Hush Sound: Casbah, Monday, March 11, 8 p.m. 619-232-HELL. $12 advance/$14 at the door.