The Red River live at the Linen
LIVE AT THE LINEN presents Long Beach indie octet THE RED RIVER Oct. 4
Band is touring behind debut album Little Songs About the Big Picture
Boise indie-pop outfit THE VERY MOST opens
Southern California indie octet The Red River will perform Live at the Linen at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise's Linen District. Tickets are $7 and available in advance online at brownpapertickets.com. All ages, full bar (I.D. required).
On their debut album Little Songs About The Big Picture, Long Beach, Calif.'s The Red River (myspace.com/theredrever), a band of brothers and sisters Ã¢Â" eight at last count Ã¢Â" led by songwriter and main vocalist Bill Roberts, writes beautiful little picture-box dioramas of songs. Snapshots of great moments of everyday life, they start small and swell into an easy grandiosity like the tide coming in.
As Roberts puts it, "it's impossible for us to hold our lives in our hands. You go to the beach and feel this crazy sense of awe and you want to reach out and put your arms around it but you can't, it's bigger than you. So what do you do? You grab a shell or a rock or something and focus all your wonder in it and put in your pocket and keep it in your car. Then you can hold it, smell it, run your fingers over it and when someone asks you what it is you can say, 'Oh that? I picked that up at the beach when I was having this one really kick-ass day.' I think this is what the album is at its best. A memento of my time spent in Long Beach, which also happens to be the exact duration of my entire life."
There's a warm sentimentality here, like flipping back through your internal slide carousel of your favorite workaday trivialities, those seemingly inconsequential things that bring a soft smile to the edges of your mouth, that you don't know that you remember until you remember them. Then one day some passing bit of life hooks the memory and brings it up from the deep, and it makes you smile again, happy for the memory, and to have had it, but a little melancholy that it's gone and done.
Sonically, the music rides an even keel, swooning gracefully between the intimate, close, and minimal, and billowy piles of polyphony; feeling like you had a party and everyone who came brought a voice, a horn, a string, and it all fell together just so. Which, in a way, is what happened.
Early press accolades for Little Songs About the Big Picture:
"A collection of beautifully written songs full of life and youthful splendor. It's only a matter of time before The Red River is no longer music's best kept secret."
Opening the show will be Boise indie-pop band The Very Most (theverymost.com). The Very Most is the nom de plume of Jeremy Jensen, who fills out the band with a rotating cast of friends. The Very Most delivers a catchy, slightly off-kilter brand of indie-pop influenced by the likes of the Beach Boys, Built to Spill and Belle and Sebastian. The band released its third album, A Year with the Very Most, in early 2009.
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1402 W. Grove St
Boise, ID 83702
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