Last night, I went out and saw theXploding boys
- Portland's own Cure cover band.
In my heart of hearts, I really thought that they would suck. I mean, really, how good can a cover band be? Well, if it's any indication, we started at a table, but by the end of the show, we were up and dancing!
TheXplodingboys really bring something of their own to the Cure's music - a fresh, driving, more modern arrangement to the songs - something very daring (it takes guts to tinker with the Cure's catalog, IMHO), creative and definitely something I really enjoyed. They played all of the types of Cure songs that I adore - the dark, heavy and dreary dirges and then balanced them out with some shimmering pop gems.
Here are the ones that I remember: shake dog shake, play for today, charlotte sometimes, just like heaven, the figurehead,. fascination st., prayers for rain, a foolish arrangement, a night like this, a strange day, lovesong, inbetween days, 10:15 saturday night, 100 years, killing an arab, a forest (that was mixed with Interpol's PDA - brilliant!)
Wearing black pants, vest and a red shirt, his hair and makeup all Robert Smith'd out, the singer's stage presence is huge - physically imposing at least, I'd guess, six feet two. He towers over the audience and adds a real gravity to the songs. He channels the visage of Robert Smith so successfully that I honestly wondered what he'd do without a Cure cover band to release that energy.
With the singer's RS mannerisms so dialed in, and the musicianship and energy being as good as it is, it really created a very authentic Cure vibe for me.
If you closed your eyes and swayed your arms and pretended that they were really the Cure, it didn't take much energy for the illusion to manifest. Bravo! I'm going back to shout every word to every song, like I did last night.