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The Kids are Alright

Local CD Review

The Kids are Alright

Blue Cats and Pilot Light have always sporadically catered to the young crowd, and now the Corner Lounge, in conjunction with Knoxville Scene Coalition, recently began a weekly all-ages showcase on Sundays at 5 p.m. and booking bands that typically appeal to young music-goers. Although The American Plague has loyal fans of all ages, singer/guitarist Alex “Jaw” Weatherly explains, “We try to do all-ages shows when we can, mainly because we remember having to sit outside the Mercury [now-defunct Market Square music venue] to listen to bands we wanted to see in high school. Plus, playing for different ages means you expose yourself to different crowds…and the younger people are the only ones that buy shit. I always say I’m the worst music fan because I’m such a fucking rock snob and I never have money to buy albums or anything. So it’s nice to have people that actually do.”

The Plague, having had much success with its recently released disc, God Bless the American Plague, has just sealed a deal with Salt Lake City’s Dr. Cyclops Records to re-release it in February with wider distribution and advertising. The band also foresees recording a new album early next year. American Plague will headline this Sunday’s show at the Corner Lounge along with openers Proto and Cosmic Egg. The show is Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. for $8.


Local CD Review

Most of the disc does sound, as the band’s press kit boasts, like the perfect “soundtrack to a college party.” But do we really want to go back to that place? Boring guitar riffs, mopey lyrics about following dreams, breaking up is hard to do…ah, the memories. One place we definitely don’t want to revisit is the back of the cop car, after getting a DUI, which is apparently where the songwriting occurred for track No. 6, in which singer Chase Pattison croons about getting “another DUI” to a twinkly tune that sounds vaguely like the noise that emanates from a tilt-a-whirl at the county fair. Wait, another? Well, at least they’re being honest.

As much fun as it is to play rock snob here, though, I have to admit to being a little infatuated with certain songs, like “Make Believe,” the Jimmy Eat World -sounding ballad on which Sarah Alliman contributes some lovely backing vocals. Then the boys go all Bob Marley on our asses near the end with “Old Man Winter,” a reggae-driven song lamenting the ensuing chilly weather. Hmm….

Bottom line: Add this disc to your list of party tracks to thrash around to when you’ve had too many Bud Lights, but don’t look to it for spiritual guidance (and don’t get in the car).

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