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Band: Salvo, The Haller (Night 1), Run the Lion (Night 2)
Date: Sept. 13 and 14 at 9 p.m. nightly
Venue: Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St., 251-441-7741
Tickets: $17 available through TicketBiscuit
In January, Lagniappe revealed that a majority of the members of PAIN would be reuniting under the name Salvo. Even though the name might have changed, zealous fans of this beloved alternative band remained hopeful that both the band’s spirit and its trademark mix of shiny, astute pop punk with a ska edge would remain intact. Curious locals now have a chance to sample Salvo’s material with a two-night run at Alchemy Tavern and the band’s debut album, “Off the Charts.” Salvo’s first offering should be a treat for both longtime fans of PAIN and first-time listeners of Salvo.
Grand horns appropriately announce the album’s opener, “Anthem of the Middle Aged Man.” Within the first 10 seconds of this track, those familiar with PAIN will be giddy with excitement.
Frontman Dan Lord’s knack for impressive lyrical meter and animated vocal delivery has not been tarnished by time, even with low-key tracks such as the album’s title track. The same could be said for Adam Guthrie’s guitar arrangements with their onslaught of merciless riffs and intricate runs. “Off the Charts” also exhibits the band’s positive maturity.
Reminiscent of the “Forbidden Zone” days of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, “Goblin Orchestra” is a dramatic rock overture that perpetuates the cartoonish appeal of Salvo’s sound. Salvo also conjures the spirit of ’50s-era The Everly Brothers with “Why’s It Gotta?”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The photo accompanying this article in print was by Leisa Cole for B-Metro Magazine.
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