Preview: Conspirator, Boombox, Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers in Boston
Conspirator is no stranger to Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, so it came as no surprise when they announced that during their fall tour that they would be returning Saturday, October 20. This tour they brought on recently MCP Presents signed artist Abakus/Cinnamon Chasers and psychedelic dance party starters, Boombox.
Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers are two different artist projects from music producer Russ Davies, son of Dave Davies, founding member of the Kinks. I’ve been following Abakus for a few years now and am really impressed by the diversity of his production and especially how that translates for his live shows. I was first introduced to Abakus through the beautiful, downtempo-heavy album ‘That Much Closer to the Sun,’ so my first live experience at his late night set in the barn at the Big Up in 2011 threw me for a loop. That set drew heavily from the album Reworks Volume 1, which showcases much more club-ready twists on Abakus’ mesmerizing melodies, so it was more energetic than I expected it would be, regardless it was a blast. Cinnamon Chasers, his nudisco counterpart, recently performed at the Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco in Philly and I have to say it was one of the most fun sets of the weekend, perfectly timed during sunset on the side stage making it a golden lit getdown that excited everyone for night one of the weekend.
I’m not as familiar with Boombox but after hearing fellow Sensible Reasoner Jacque’s excitement for their appearance at the Conspirator show in Syracuse I will make sure to be front and center for their set.
For the past few years I haven’t been able to help my yearning for Conspirator’s “The Key” era which was much darker and spacier than their current sound. I saw the Dub Doctor Conspiracy featuring Conspirator, M80 Dubstation, Dr. Fameus during the 2009 NYE run at Highline Ballroom and have been less impressed since then. However, I caught them twice at the Paradise in the last year or so and for last April’s show they opened with a cover of the New Deal’s ‘Gone, Gone, Gone,’ played Rush‘s ‘Tom Sawyer,’ the Dead’s ‘Scarlet Begonias,’ and closed with the Disco Biscuits’ ‘Onamae Wa’ so I left with a new appreciation and I’m definitely looking forward to what they have to bring to us in Boston this time around. Check out their cover of the Dead’s China Cat Sunflower that they played in October 2011 at the Paradise:
For tickets and more information visit http://www.conspiratorband.com/