If all goes according to plan, by the time Music Band plays here in April, their debut full-length will be a couple of weeks old. For reasons unknown, the band picked April Fools’ Day as a target release for Wake Up Laughing, and from what I’ve heard of the advance tracks, this is a revitalizing return to straightforward, uncomplicated rock and roll. No, not indie rock. At the time, that whole thrift-store DIY sound and attitude was an important reaction to the bloated commercial pop rock of the day. But groups like Music Band are making it possible to like rock and roll once again in the same way that Van Halen re-birthed electric guitar and chased synth-rock back under whatever board it had crawled out from under.
- Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
3615 El Cajon Boulevard,
Not to be confused with The Music Band, which was basically War back in 1979 minus Eric Burdon, Music Band is three best pals out of Nashville — Harry Kagan on guitar, drummer Lee Putney, and bassist Duncan Shea. They’re as new as 2014, which is when their debut EP was released by Infinity Cat Recordings. True to form, Music Band are the least amount of rhythm instruments you can have and still be a band, according to the original blueprint as calculated by the Experience or Cream: guitar/bass/drums. Yeah, it forces a bit of overplaying, but Music Band limit that with indie-rock parsimony and avoid the arena pork of rock’s generations past. This is lean, straightforward, honest music: “She’s all I’ve ever wanted/ If all I ever wanted was a lie,” Kagan sings. Substitute the word “she” with the word “he,” and either way that song describes an emotional kind of wreckage of a universal nature. Right now, Music Band is a robust opening act. I suspect that with time — and a few more laps around the country — the trio will be headliners by the next time you see them.
Diarrhea Planet and the Soaks also perform.