Live: American Aquarium loves you motherfuckers
April 30, 2009 at 10:54AM
American Aquarium, Red Collar, Holy Ghost Tent Revival
The Pour House, Raleigh
Saturday, April 25
Last Saturday night, Raleigh road warriors American Aquarium showcased Dances for the Lonely, its latest batch of tunes inspired by frontman BJ Barham’s cross-country adventures with his band—and, of course, his women. Heavy on the new stuff, Barham spent the first half of the 80 minute set relating those out-of-town tales to the local crowd (which he—err, affectionately—referred to as “motherfuckers”) by describing the New Orleans enchantress who’s the subject of “Louisiana Beauty Queen,” discussing the “Queen of the Scene” (“a girl who thought she was too fucking cool for everyone”) or calling out the high school friend whose white ride is mentioned in “PBR Promenade.” Introducing the soaring album opener “Katherine Belle,” Barham explained, “If you’ve ever been to Columbia, South Carolina, you know there’s not anything there except for beer and women, and I happen to enjoy both.” In one of the highlights of the night, Caitlin Cary made her way from behind the bar to the stage to lend her pipes to the song, as she does on the album.