BOAT

Friday, August 7

BOAT’s third full-length album on Magic Marker Records (and its fourth total), Setting the Paces, comes out at the end of October, and if you’re already a BOAT fan, it’s time to get excited. Because like everything else BOAT's released so far, Setting the Paces is bright, buoyant and catchier than a baseball glove. But it’s not just the pop melodies that commend BOAT, whose whimsical lyrics mask a profundity that’s easy to miss on the first few spins. “(do the) Magic Centipede”’s charming refrain (“If you want to be a giant centipede, just clap your hands”) comes sandwiched between lyrics about trying to get your childhood back (of course, it’s not stated so obviously), but the cleverest aspect of the song is its appropriation of the guitar hook in the Clash’s “Career Opportunities,” a song about dashed dreams so appropriate to reference that it proves there’s more to BOAT’s songs than that gleaming, hard-candy surface. With the Nightgowns, the Special Places, Ron Hexagon.

Fri., Aug. 7, 9 p.m., 2009

 
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