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Lee Bains + Glory Fires, Loamlands, Rocket Bureau at Dark Horse ArtBar
August 21, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm$8
“You’re not you anymore” goes the refrain of “Not You,” the second track from Rocket Bureau’s 2021 album Middle Angst. This increasingly sums up the spirit of Madison musician Kyle Urban’s (of The Motorz, The August Teens, and many other sturdy rock ‘n’ roll bands) ongoing solo studio project: The euphoric hooks of expertly crafted power-pop slamming into walls of disillusionment, guitars blaring away irrepressibly as the lyrics contemplate the moments in life when novelty wears thin and purpose gets muddled. The album reprises “Terrified,” the powerful lead-off track from Rocket Bureau’s 2015 release Low Times, High Anxiety. “I’m petrified of how the world surrounds me,” Motor sings on the chorus, giving listeners a full perspective on the vulnerability behind the brightly overdriven armor. The live-band version of Rocket Bureau (Urban and Josh Labbus on guitars, Dan Bornemann on bass, and Paul Kennedy on drums) opens up here for the blistering but always thoughtful Alabama band Lee Bains + Glory Fires, whose latest album, Old-Time Folks, came out earlier this month. —Scott GordonPhoto: Rocket Bureau. Photo by Dan Bornemann.
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