Elvis Perkins in Dearland: “Chains, Chains, Chains”

elvisperkinsindearlandI have now seen Elvis Perkins—with or without Dearland—on exactly four separate occasions. The first time was at The Paradise, one of my favorite little Beantown venues, and after witnessing a particularly heart-wrenching, tear-inducing rendition of “Ash Wednesday” (a haunting, elegiac tune about 9/11, which took the life of Perkins’ mother), Amy—my date to the show and the one that passionately introduced me to Perkins’ music back in early 2007—and I collectively called the performance transcendental and Elvis a long-suffering musical God and lyrical genius. (Note: Neither Amy nor I is prone to hyperbole.) He wasn’t joking when he told Pitchfork “I will fuck your shit up.” He did, and he’ll do it again.

And yesterday, as I sat within spitting distance of Elvis and co., where they played a very early (read: 11:40 am) set to which I had to run my hungover ass through Golden Gate, still reeking of whiskey, wine, and beer from the previous day’s Hardly Strictly festivities, with the sun shining and the breeze blowing through the eucalyptus and Wyndham’s trombone mournfully cutting through the cool air during “Chains, Chains, Chains,” I thought that there really was no place I’d rather be at that moment, and certainly no band I’d rather see. This is my ode to Elvis Perkins in Dearland: boys, I’d follow you anywhere.      

Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Chains, Chains, Chains

Who: Elvis Perkins in Dearland

What: Elvis Perkins in Dearland

When: 3.10.2009

Where: Hudson River Valley, NY

Why: “What thing is this at my feet at my heart at my wrists / If you know anything I’ll have to insist that you explain / Chains chains chains.”

How: XL Recordings


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