September 5, 2006

Luce: “Eleanor Rigby” video (Beatles cover)

Last month I was fortunate to get to see San Francisco band Luce here in Colorado Springs, and was completely blown away by their entire show, but especially thrilled at this Beatles cover. As good of a show as I’ve seen in many moons, their set was melodic, catchy, tight, and fun.

There are three or four moments of loud/scratchy audio on this video (sorry!) but it is worth watching. The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” becomes unrecognizable as a loose, atmospheric, rocking jam — in the best possible way. Oh, and I’ll bet you SO didn’t know that Air Force cadets crowdsurfed:

(direct link in case the embedded video doesn’t work)

I shared a few beers with guys from Luce after their show and their whole story as an independent band is fascinating: their struggles, their joys, their pure passion for music. I am looking to do a longer feature/interview with them in October, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out either their self-titled debut CD (winner of the “Outstanding Debut Album” at the 2003 California Music Awards) or 2005′s Never Ending, which has been getting constant rotation in my car this summer.

Also, if you are a Western U.S. (CA/NV) type, you have a few good opportunities to see them in the coming weeks:

Sept 22 & 23 – Great Basin Brewing Co., Reno, NV

Sept 30 – Little Fox Theatre, Redwood City, CA: This is a “Band Together” benefit/feel-good-vibes event for Luce, who has faced a string of crappy luck lately, with all their musical equipment stolen on the road & a fire that gutted frontman Tom Luce’s SF home. The event will feature some great Bay Area musicians as well as the Luce fellas.

Nov 2, 3 & 4 – The Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley, CA (again, a SWEET venue, great band, how can you go wrong?)

DOWNLOAD:
Interlude One (Open Your Heart) – Luce

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4 Comments »

  • Great music, great site. Now I’m hooked to Donovan Woods….

    Anonymous — September 5, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  • HEATHER
    DONOVAN WOODS- HARD TO COME BY? I DONT KNOW IF ANYONES MENTIONED THIS BEFORE BUT THERES TWENTY -I BELIEVE UNRELEASED -TRACKS BY HIM HERE TO DOWNLOAD
    http://twotimes.ca/Donovan/
    MICK DILLINGHAM

    Anonymous — September 6, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  • innarestin.

    speaking of, I almost bought the Beatles at the BBC last night at Amoeba

    - Satisfied ’75

    Anonymous — September 6, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

  • The band The Violet Burning also has a really interesting version of Eleanor Rigby.

    Wasp Jerky — September 11, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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