The Dave Matthews Band.
It’s amazing that one member’s name can sum up the unparalleled musicianship that one group has to offer.
In my mind, it really can’t. In fact, if they really wanted to name the band after the leader, they should be called The RCA Records Band.
I’ve been going to Dave shows since 1997. After nearly 40 shows, I decided to take a break. Sure, the live shows are always good, but I’ll be damned if DMB hasn’t put out a good record since 1998′s Before these Crowded Streets.
The Lillywhite Sessions were great. But when RCA heard the record, they were less than pleased, and introduced Dave to a douchebag named Glen “Let Me Ruin Your Career” Ballard. Mother fuckers. Everyday was written in 10 days. Is it me or does that seem like a piece of shit album coming from a pretentious rockstar? Look at the tracklisting…I won’t post it here because it is so fucking embarassing. A terrible, terrible album. One that had PARTS WRITTEN FOR THE REST OF THE BAND BEFORE THEY CAME IN. How the fuck is that a Dave Matthews BAND album?
Glen Ballard and Dave Matthews, shame on you for that.
After that bust of an album, they (appropriately) put out Busted Stuff, a re-hash of a lot of the Lillywhite material. Fucking DUH. RCA heard the pile of shit that came out of the Ballard sessions and agreed that they are better as BAND. The problem is that the new stuff that came out of the Busted Stuff sessions was sounding like the sappy bullshit that Dave wrote with Ballard. “Where Are You Going”…oh jesus, the ultimate “bathroom break” song. Something happened to Dave by this point. Something very bad.
By the time Stand Up came around, Dave had already began acting and doing solo albums…in my mind, the magic had ended. Sure, they still went out and toured in the Fall and Summer (give it a rest guys), and they continued put on great live shows, but the vibe had changed. It’s like the difference between an organic vegetable and one grown in a lab…they look the same, but there is no soul.
So, that brings us to this new album that’s coming out in June. Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. I saw a little teaser video about it yesterday (thanks Chris) that showed a few fans being retarded in the studio while Dave introduced and played a bit of what I am guessing is “Shake Me Like A Monkey”.
It’s hard for me to get excited about this new album knowing that LeRoi “Groogrux” Moore won’t be around to tour in support of it. He was BY FAR my favorite part of the band’s live show. When LeRoi was on, the band kicked ass. I was lucky enough to sit in the first few rows at quite a few shows and often found myself mesmerized by LeRoi’s mother-of-pearl fingernails. Luckily, the band was able to use a lot of the material LeRoi had recorded before he passed away in August of 2008. If there is one reason TO buy this album, it being LeRoi’s last recording is it.
That said, I am looking forward to it, but I don’t have very high hopes for it. In fact, I’m hoping it’s the last chapter in a book that should have been closed 10 years ago.