Well ok, the show is sold out, but I just love these guys and they’re totally crazy, so I have to give them a little nod. My first time seeing them was at this uber-cool Providence Block Party last summer, and they were really fantastic.
CTE is kinda southern rock, very punk in ferociousness and sensibility, with a revivalist preacher vibe running through their music, which completely makes sense as they’re from Bowling Green, Kentucky. All this is synthesized into a very unique and powerful, funky sound, with singer-songwriter Matt Schultz’s introspective, soul-searching lyrics at its core. Their live performances are these crazed audience-participation affairs, and Matt’s demon-purging stage persona is truly a sight to behold.
But don’t be fooled by their out-of-control rambunctiousness and rocking fury – there’s some serious stuff going on here as well:
“Driven by religion
Running backwards down a one way road
A course collision, split decision
Tryin’ to save your soul
Is just a fancy word for murder
I’ve got this feeling
It’s gonna stop”
– Lotus (from their debut album)
Joining them at the Paradise will be New York’s As Tall As Lions (melodic with cool vocals, harmonies and thoughtful lyrics) and the pleasantly wacky and psychedelic Morning Teleportation from Portland, Oregon (oh man, theramin! hopefully they bring that on the road with ’em. nothin’ like a theramin!). This sounds like a very cool show. Shame I have to work.
P.S. If you’ve got a ticket to the show, be sure to nanner them for me.
East Coast Shows
Feb 25 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Feb 26 – Recher Theater, Towson MD
Feb 27 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Mar 1 – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
Mar 2 – Bowery Ballroom, NYC NY
Mar 4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Mar 5 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Mar 6 – Port City Music Hall, Portland ME
Mar 8 – Higher Ground, South Burlington VT