Great Peacock At Hill Country In DC

We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage of Ty Segall, White Fence, and Thee Oh Sees with a brief report on how we killed the time, hanging heavily upon us, until Tuesday, when both Courtney Barnett’s first album and the second rec by Chastity Belt at long last can be heard.  First we went to the excellent Exposed DC show at the Capital Fringe HQ (1358 Florida Avenue, NE), where an amazing bunch of pics by a great group of photographers (ok, we’re one of them) have their images hanging through the weekend.  Then we went to Hill Country Barbecue, and upon our feasting began hearing something far more savory on the bandstand below floors.  (Who knew there was even a stage there?  We usually just come for the brisket.)

Great Peacock is a band out of Nashville on their first U.S. tour.  Just as citizens of Daytona know how to floor it, and natives of St. Moritz know how to schuss, bands from Nashville seems to know to how to play, if you know what I mean, and these guys do in spades.  Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd harmonize like they’re on a long-lost Jayhawks album, the rhythm section kicks like we’re on Copperhead Road, and guitarist Clay Houle works his pedals and sustains his notes like the spirit of Phil Wandscher is in the house.  As the references to those West Coast (and Aussie) garage cum punk’n’psych combos attest, we tend to grok bands that ply different waters.  But we’ve enough respect for the Austin-Nashville axis to attest that these guys are fabulous songwriters, first-rate musicians, and going far.

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