There was a certain buzz last weekend around something called "A Night Of Davids" Friday night at Bottom Lounge. The premise: a musical tribute to two singular and much revered singers and songwriters, David Byrne and David Bowie.
Of course, we've been blessed with This Must Be The Band in Chicago for several years now and their capable readings of Talking Heads and the David Byrne songbook in general have been well received both here and on the road. But the David Bowie portion was intriguing, as Bowie is not typically tribute band fodder, and like Talking Heads requires a band with more moxie and ambition than your typical garage rockers. The band in question, dubbing themselves Sons Of The Silent Age, actually comes with an interesting pedigree. Chris Connelly is a Scotish born, Chicago based musician who has found success with Revolting Cocks and Ministry. He is partnered with Matt Walker, who has drummed with Smashing Pumpkins and Morrissey. Together, they manage to put together an ensemble that does justice to this material.
I managed to track down a recording of their performance from earlier this year for a benefit at Metro that featured a guess appearance by Garbage's Shirley Manson on vocals. What can I say? Since seeing Bowie perform anytime soon seems pretty unlikely, looks like I may have to keep my eye on Sons Of The Silent Age.
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