Eye on the Scene: 'You Might Want to Check Your Snare Lugs'

“You Might Want to Check Your Snare Lugs”

Knoxville’s Book of Law hasn’t played out much since its inception around the beginning of the year. But that doesn’t mean the members of the alt-rock band haven’t been working.

The group, which formed from members of Adoration and the Red Cloud after those groups broke up last winter, spent part of July in New York, recording three tracks—”Astronaut,” “Collide,” and “War Is God”—for a self-titled EP set for release in October. The songs were produced and engineered by Alex Newport, whose production credits include At the Drive-In’s In/Casino/Out and The Mars Volta’s Tremulant EP. Newport also mixed the track “Long Division” on the most recent Death Cab for Cutie album, Narrow Stairs, and played in the notorious British noise-rock band Fudge Tunnel in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

“He’s this British guy who’s in tune with everything,” says Book of Law bassist/vocalist David Davis. “At one point, the lugs fell out of the snare drum”—a malfunction that’s hard to notice—”and he told [drummer] Matt [McAllister], ‘You might want to check your snare lugs.’ He’s just that on top of things.”

Newport noticed the band through its MySpace page and invited them to his three-story studio in Brooklyn.

“It’s small, because it’s in Brooklyn,” Davis says. “But it’s really nice and well-built.... We lived there for a week in this little-bitty room. We argued a lot, too, but every night we’d go out to bars and stay out till four or five o’clock. We argued and had good times. We watched the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof, which was awesome.”

The Book of Law will play at World Grotto with Cold Hands on Friday, Oct. 10, and will have an official CD release show at the Grotto on Saturday, Oct. 25. Davis says the $5 cover for the Oct. 25 show will include a copy of the disc. The band also has an acoustic show scheduled for Sidestreet Tavern on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Capitol Gains

The Capitol Theater in downtown Maryville will host its first music performance in more than 30 years this weekend when Knoxville’s big band combo the Streamliners christen the newly renovated historic venue’s latest incarnation. That’s almost a week earlier than owner Heath Claiborne predicted back in March, when he said he expected to open Oct. 1.

The original 1,000-seat Capitol Theater, built at 127 W. Broadway Ave. in 1934, was one of three downtown movie theaters in Maryville, along with the Palace (renovated into a performance space by flatpick champion guitarist Steve Kaufman a few years ago) and the Park. The Capitol declined in the 1970s, acting as home to a record store, a wedding dress store, and a disco before closing sometime in the ’70s.

Claiborne, a Chattanooga native, bought the building in 2002 and opened the Capitol Coffee Shop and a gallery for his own art in the front.

The renovated theater seats 400 people.

The Streamliners will headline the debut Capitol performance, with Will Boyd and Kelle Jolly, jazz artists who split time between Knoxville and South Carolina, opening. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show will be available at the door.

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