Our regulars already know and love Sidewalk Dave, but for the newcomers, let's take a moment to recap. This great New Haven band was enterprising enough to contact the Scenics early this year for self-promotional purposes. We would have given them press regardless (was that like our first email ever?!), but we were pleased to be able to put our genuine enthusiasm behind them after checking out their material - great songs and self-produced videos. So when it came time to plan our great Blogaversary celebration, it made perfect sense to invite Sidewalk Dave to play. We had yet to see them live or meet in person, but we promised them donuts, liquor and inadequate pay, and they said yes and showed up at the appointed time and place. We were impressed with their punctuality, as well as their youthful good looks and eccentric wardrobe choices.
By the end of the night our whole party was impressed with their awesome live performance, which we later described as twangy and hard rocking beyond our expectations. Since then we've been lucky enough to see them a few more times here on our home turf, and look forward to more of their monthly gigs at the Half Door. We've gotten to know their recordings and are floored by Dave's religion and alcoholism obsessed lyrics. Because nothing is more appealing to a Scenic than a literate alcoholic perspective (or drug-addled in general, let's be honest - may we suggest some of our favorites - Bukowski, Burroughs, Burroughs, Thompson, Welsh, or on the music side, cause that's what we're talking about - Elliot Smith, Murder City Devils, and our eloquent famous friend Peter Dolving). We should be so fucked up, but we're just miserable about nothing. Join us and drown the pain of being alive this Wednesday!