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Gig Preview: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin at Islington Assembly Halls
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin & The Guilty Boys hit Islington Assembly Hall this Friday (April 15th). Following the release of their first album together since 1985 in September, ‘Lost Time’, the brothers (formerly of The Blasters) will be touring multiple dates across the UK this April.
The Blasters emerged to international fame in the early 1980´s, blending American roots and blues with searing punk energy to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone hailed their "bright, raw playing, terrific taste and... [Phil´s] full-bodied vocals," while in the Village Voice, Robert Christgau wrote that Dave was "a major songwriter, one with John Fogerty´s bead on the wound-tight good times of America´s tough white underbelly." The band performed with everyone from X and Black Flag to The Cramps and Queen, and even gave early breaks to Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam by inviting them on the road as openers. As AllMusic puts it, "it´s practically impossible to imagine the roots rock scene of the ´80s and onward existing without [The Blasters] as a roadmap.
The brothers went their separate ways in 1986, when Dave left the band to pursue a solo career. After decades apart musically, they reunited briefly to record songs for the 2013 soundtrack to "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," a musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp featuring performances by Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, and Kris Kistofferson among others, and produced by T Bone Burnett.They also sang a duet on “What’s Up With Your Brother” for Dave’s last Yep Roc release ‘Eleven Eleven.’
The Alvin’s encyclopedic knowledge of American music, that expansive musical vocabulary and the fluency with which the Alvins slip in out and of genres and eras is what enables their music to triumph. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin solidified themselves as one of roots music´s most exceptional duos.
Check out the video for ´World´s In A Bad Condition´ below!