Alejandro Escovedo has been touring with a trio for the past several years in support of his last two albums, “Real Animal” and “Street Songs of Love.” Their recent Club Helsinki show provided ample selections from both albums – some of the standouts being “Chelsea 78” and “Sensitive Boys” from the former and “This Bed Is Getting Crowded” and “Anchor” from the latter.
Like most really good songwriters, Escovedo combines simplicity, universal themes and pinpoint emotional observations. Who hasn’t been in a romantic relationship and felt that there was a third party present either real, feared or floating like a ghost from the past, as in “This Bed Is Getting Crowded”?
When alt-country, roots-rockin’ icon Alejandro Escovedo named his current band the Sensitive Boys, he took the name from a song of the same title on his 2008 album, “Real Animal.”
And in “Sensitive Boys” (the song), Escovedo declares, “Don’t let em get you down, Sensitive Boys/Turn your amps up loud/Go ahead and run us off/But make your baby proud.”
Last Thursday night at The Egg in Albany, the Sensitive Boys (the band) did just that. Backing up Escovedo, drummer Hector Munoz, guitar hero Dave Pulkingham and bassist Bobby Daniel weren’t really the what you might call “sensitive.” Rather, they were biting at the bit, plugged in and fired up to play a night of fast ‘n’ furious songs drawn from Escovedo’s vast catalog of 10 albums released over the course of the past 11 years.
Up on stage and armed to wield a bevy of stinging guitar lines, Escovedo asked the audience to give him a minute so his band could make a few last minute adjustments to their instruments. Someone in the audience shot back, “I got all night, except I got to go to work by 8 o’clock in the morning.”
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