October 13, 2007

The Alternate Routes: “Aftermath” (live in Colorado Springs last night)

So I’ve verified it, The Alternate Routes are good and reckless and true, and last night in concert at the Black Sheep their catalog of expansive, soaring melodies really took flight, as the crowd sang along and yelled requests.

They are currently touring with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (who, as always, put on a sweaty tequila-soaked show of exceedingly enthusiastic proportions) which is a good pairing; I would love for them to also come back through on a solo tour in 2008 — or maybe I’ll just convince some promo folks to send me on the Rock Cruise. I’ll work on that.

THE ALTERNATE ROUTES: AFTERMATH (live 10/12/07)
I think Aftermath is probably my favorite song on that album. Just fantastic.

With this next video, the sound and shooting skill is a bit worse (sorry), but definitely worth watching to get a feel for their new material — and to see how very very cool this amplified toolbox sound effect is! As frontman Tim Warren lifts and drops it to the beat, hear that huge earthy whooomp. It kinda made my stomach jump, and I loved it. This is a new song (with sexy-dramatic Latin flamenco vibe) called “The Future Is Nothing New.” It’s allegedly about a fortune teller, and the intro reminds me of Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita.” Oh, I’ll admit it.

THE ALTERNATE ROUTES: THE FUTURE IS NOTHING NEW
(live 10/12/07)

I know, I stopped recording too soon. Then there’s also one other video here (I believe this is the other new song they performed for the first time last night, a scorching rocker called “Toe The Line”), and some still shots from the concerts can be seen here.

They’ve got about a dozen more tour dates listed for this year; they are an excellent, affable, talented group of musicians – and if you go see them, make sure to stop by the merch table to get one of their free EPs with 4 tracks from their debut album (Good and Reckless and True, Vanguard Records).

Now the only question that remains is whether I should head up to Boulder for tonight’s sequel.

ALTERNATE ROUTES TOUR DATES

(With Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers)
Oct 13 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO

(With Will Hoge)
Oct 17 – The Pub – Harrisonburg, VA
Oct 19 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC

(With Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers)
Nov 7 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Nov 8 – Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
Nov 9 – The Music Mill – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 10 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 11 – Cambridge Room House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Nov 23 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
Nov 29 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
Nov 30 – High Fidelity – Rochester, NY
Dec 1 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
Dec 21 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Jan 19-24, 2008 – The Rock Boat – Miami, FL

3 Comments »

  • I’ve really gotten into the Alternate Routes – I saw them twice this summer – once for a free show and the second time with Paolo Nutini. I’m trying to find an MP3 of the Fortune Teller song, it’s a lot of fun, especially with the toolbox…

    Andrew — October 13, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  • Oooh, playing the Iron Horse. We’ll see if I can get to that show.

    Lauren — October 13, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

  • Heather, what kind of camera do you use to shoot shows? Your videos are pretty good and everything I shoot is always crap.

    Brian — October 13, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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