MusicMarauders Presents: Particle & The Recovery Act 10.31.12
Quixote's True Blue
Words By Brad Yeakel
Photos By Carly Marthis
Audio By Corey Sandoval (Kind Recordings)
With Quixote's move from Lawrence street so near, I decided that I would try to be there for as much of the good times that were left to be had as possible. Halloween seemed like it might be a good time, after all, my friend, the lovely and talented Lindsay French's band, The Recovery Act was opening, so I committed... I went and stayed until last call despite the alarm which was set for 5:30 am to get to work.
The Recovery Act Live at Quixote's True Blue on October 31, 2012.
The Halloween show was a distinct step forward for them. They played on the main stage, they opened for Particle, they had Pete Wall and Steve Molitz sit in and most importantly... They began to gel. The Recovery Act began to define themselves beyond a strict soul funk band. The repertoire is growing, the trust is forming, the confidence is building, and the skills are starting to manifest in the form of inspired improv, tighter changes, and a seasoned stage presence that is astounding for a band in it's 3rd live show.
Their set opened with "Take Me To The River," which
You sure can Lindsay. You sure can. And then it was time for the 80's dance party to commence...
Particle Live at Quixote's True Blue on October 31, 2012.
Set One: The Final Countdown > Electric Avenue, Let's Go Crazy, The Safety Dance, It Takes Two > Wild Thing > Me So Horny > It's Tricky > Bust A Move*, Let's Dance*
Set Two: Sledgehammer* > Funkytown* > Launchpad*, Pump Up The Volume > Rockit* > Material Girl > Pump Up The Jam > Money For Nothing, Paradise City
Encore: Once In A Lifetime, Eye Of The Tiger > Sun Mar 11
* = w/ Pete Wall on Sax
Particle is a band I haven't seen
"Sledgehammer" opened the second set and was pretty much money. Pete Wall's saxophone was dead on and the band did a great job bringing this classic tune back. The dance party rolled on as the band launched into "Funkytown" which featured Wall and Molitz. The energy once again soared as Gould led the band headlong into a bass driven "Pump Up The Volume," which segued into"Axl F" from Beverly Hills Cop and Pete Wall returned to wail on sax. I'm starting to get the picture... Pete Wall is ridiculous. Particle took their funk pills and layer down some serious jams and variations of the movie theme before a "Material World" jam led them into "Pump Up the Jam." This tune went spacey and took on a much more jamband flavor than I normally expect from Molitz's electrofunk standards. This spacey composition had a Floyd-like feel until I realized we were heading into "Money for Nothing." The psychedelic jam that followed was heady, progressive, and sonic. The orchestration and execution were tight and persevered straight to the last beat. Next, I was amazed to hear the familiar guitar lick of Guns N Roses' "Paradise City." Combe definitely played the song note for note. His tone was not quite Slash's, but he played every note with skill. Instead of singing, Molitz synthesized the vocal line and the crowd sang along with a classic.
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