Scotland-based alternative rock and indie pop act, Trashcan Sinatras, performed an intimate night of music at Largo at The Coronet on October 24. This special, sold-out performance focused on rare B-sides and obscurities culled from the band’s catalog.
Before the band took the stage, an announcement was made that concertgoers had turn to off their cell phones because no photos or video could be taken. Without these intrusions, the emphasis concentrated on what was really important: highlighting the staying power of the songs known for clever wordplay and deep, heartfelt and sometimes firmly tongue-in-cheek performances. Plus, everyone got stay in the moment and were able to truly savor the show.
The audience was, in a sense, transported back to the 1990s, when the band experienced its biggest exposure and success in the MTV era. Their debut album, Cake (1990) featured the Trashcan Sinatras’ largest hit worldwide, “Obscurity Knocks” as well as a couple other alternative music hits (“Only Tongue Can Tell” and “Circling the Circumference”). Since then, the Trashcan Sinatras have released six albums. Their latest LP, Wild Pendulum came out in 2016. It was made and recorded through the support of PledgeMusic as well as this current tour.
Singer/songwriter Francis Reader took time between songs to graciously thank the fans for their involvement in PledgeMusic and ruminated on the challenges musicians face today, including getting paid and making records. Despite that daunting reality, the show itself was a uplifting and joyous celebration for the band and fans alike.
There was a quiet and electric intensity to set. It was charged with passion and dedication to the integrity of music by Reader, Paul Livingston and John Douglas. Though it was acoustic, there were multi-faceted dynamics to the arrangements and creative layering and textures. Every song was punctuated with what could be only described as roaring applause, and there were a number of spontaneous standing ovations. This occurred only during the first hour of a two-hour show with a short intermission in between.
The second half found the Trashcan Sinatras even more energized. Reader’s vocals, though strong throughout the show, were a bit buried in the mix in the first half, but managed to get sorted out and really soared and captivated in hour two.
On the surface, the Trashcan Sinatras show could be seen as an exercise in nostalgia, but it was much more than that. The band was delivering a special and rare gift to its fans by sharing many songs they had never performed live in concert before. Proud of their legacy, and clearly having a great time being onstage, Trashcan Sinatras seemed delighted, and got a kick out of the playing the songs and sharing candid and sometimes funny stories about them.
ONLY TONGUE CAN TELL
ALL THE DARK HORSES
GOT CARRIED AWAY
THE SLEEPING POLICEMAN
BEST DSYS ON EARTH
BEST MAN’S FALL
CIRCLING THE CIRCUMFERENCE
EVEN THE ODD
SEND FOR HENNY
AIN’T THAT SOMETHING
I HUNG MY HARP UPON THE WILLOWS
I’VE SEEN EVERYTHING
ORANGES AND APPLES
HOW CAN I APPLY