Saturday, May 11, 2013
Introducing: Jake McKelvie & the Countertops
Some of you may be wondering whether we have branched into kitchen sales in order to pay for bandwidth. Rest assured that even though John was an English major, our accounts either are in order or we've given up on them. The "countertops" reference here are a band from Keene, New Hampshire. As they describe themselves, "you've got your ordinary surfaces, and then you've got your Countertops". So there you go, they are special, and they know it.
And what do we get with Jake McKelvie & the Countertops? A delightful amalgamation of alt-folk and roots rock. The songs emphasize storytelling, and the vocals remind this listener of Langhorne Slim, which is a good thing. And the stories are ones to which most of us can relate from personal experience or, if we are too shy about admitting our own foibles, the experience of "some guy we know". If I had a local pub to which I could walk tonight, this is the band I would like to find playing tonight. But I don't, so I'll listen to the album.
And speaking of the self-titled album, you can stream the entire record at the Bandcamp link. And if you are really paying attention, you can acquire the download on a pay-what-you-like basis. Happy Saturday night!
And a tip of the WYMA motoring cap to Matthew Young of Edinburgh's Song by Toad blog for introducing us to Jake McKelvie & the Countertops.