The Dragon's Den
March 24, 2004
Bubblebath's songs occasionally swung, had multiple solos, and displayed the structure and supreme musicianship inherent in Jazz numbers. Their music was a rambling and spacey bastard child of Jazz, though.
The band was the brainchild of drummer Endre Landses, and it included bassist Dave Anderson and pedal steel guitarist/vocalist Dave Easley Monday night at The Dragon's Den.
Easley's guitar defined the sound, but Landses' dry and swift strokes allowed space for Easley to shine.
The feeling Easley created: haunted lost light soldier in deep night riding waves into or out of hope. That's when it's slow-paced, but:
#1: The band burned a Blues with the energy of Hendrix.
#2: They got into a hillbilly romp, dance and skip. Somehow, Easley made his twang the sound of unrest, rage and revolution.
#3: A slow-dragging freak out is hard to describe, but Bubblebath did it.
#4: Easley loved his atmospherics. Anderson created some by using his bow to simulate a flute or Indian sound if he moved it fast enough. His repetitive bass lines also helped the tripped out feeling.
Some songs were covers(I noticed a funky Pat Metheny song), and the rest were originals from this band or the many others Easley plays with. The main problem I had this night was that the bass wasn't loud enough in the mix. Also, Anderson noodled and was a little superfluous.
These guys made me happy to be alive. Measure that.