The Michigan Daily
Monday, September 8, 1986
By Joel Tractenberg
Don't let your eyes deceive you.
The Union is no longer standing
4*fter the Dream Syndicate's
-'"devastating performance at the U-
lub on Saturday night. The
.small but enthusiastic crowd
itshed the stage upon first sight of
.the band and was held there,
," .sellbound, for the remainder of
.the night as the Syndicate tore
.thirough renditions of old and new
sfuff, as well as some impromptu
The whole affair began very
Wtite-ly when the band came
onstage to the fanfare of Frank,
Sinatra's "Young at Heart" being
played on the public address
system. The cuteness ended there
,as they launched into "The
:panger Zone," one of the songs
from their excellent new Out of
..the Grey LP.
- It took a few songs for the
" Dream Syndicate to fully warm
~-Up, but by the time they played
Squirrel Bait-"Kid Dyna-
mite"/ "Slake Train
Autumn is here, and the fall
harvest brings two new 45 RPM
offerings from one of America's
most versatile independent record
companies, Homestead Records.
These 7" slabs offer a potent
antidote to the stagnation of
Boston's Volcano Suns
continue the Mission of Burma
legacy in fine fashion with their
new vinyl. Peter Prescottt & Co.
keep their wax career spotless
with "Sea Cruise," an insightful
ditty that sees the Suns taking
progressive steps away from the
straight-out approach of last
year's Bright Orange Years LP.
With hooks aplenty, the band is
able to combine sugar sweet
backing vocals from (fellow
Beantowners) Christmas' Liz Cox
and Michael Cudahy with a pulse-
,pounding all-out attack that
makes Mt. St. Helen's pale in
comparison. The B' side features
some very silly lyrics, an
athlete's-foot-pounding beat, and
r a guitar riff that is fuzzier than
Next is the new single from
Lexington, KY's pre-teen
monsters, Squirrel Bait. This
record wriggles like the sucker in
John Hurt's belly (Alien, 1979),
then kicks like a labor pain.
Hard to believe, but amongst the
sonic sludge that comes pouring
out, there are still sharp little
fragments of harmony and
precision. Put this beast on your
turntable, and listen as your
vertebrae rearrange themselves,
your ceiling splinters, your rug
rolls up, and your neighbors call
the police. Nero fiddled, but!
Squirrel Bait burns.
You can experience
Ann Arbor's newest
Night Club& Lounge
"Now I Ride Alone," another new
song, they clearly were. It is an
autobiographical lament by lead
singer/ songwriter Steve Wynn
about he and drummer Dennis
Duck being the only remaining
original band members. He
really doesn't have much to
complain about, though; new
members Paul B. Cutler on guitar
and Mark Walton on bass kept
him in good company as he rode
through the show.
Cutler, despite looking
well and it was evident from the
glances they ex- changed onstage
that he and Wynn have a great
deal of respect for each other.
They used this rapport to spur each
other on to higher intensity jams
of which one of the best was
"That's What You Always Say,"
a song off of their '82 tour de force
The, Days of Wine and Roses.
Wynn belted out the vocals in his
typically snarl-lipped fashion
and Cutler got kinky with his
guitar, playing it with objects
ranging from beer bottles to power
drills, which for some reason just
happened to be handy.
The Dream Syndicate is a
genuinely fun band to see. They
enjoy what they're doing and that
enthusiasm rubs off on the
audience. When Wynn asked
the audience what they wanted to
hear, people started yelling
"'Free Bird'!" as a joke. A
smart-ass should never be
tempted that way and Wynn
thought about it for a moment,
then broke into the lame duck
classic. Later in the evening the
crowd began to holler for "John
Coltrane Stereo Blues," a rocking
free-form tune. Instead, what
they got was a rendition of the
Door's "Light My Fire" which
slowly evolved into "John
Coltrane," only to turn into
"Truckin"' by the Dead. What a
long, strange song it was.
The show's finale was a
reeling version of Neil Young's
"Cinnamon Girl," paced by
Dennis Duck's speedy pounding.
Afterwords, the band allowed
people backstage to drink their
beer and eat their vegetable dip. A
good time was had by all.
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