"I'm not dependent, I swear," said Monica Martin, sipping from what used to be a six-ounce glass of high-proof alcohol. As the night progressed, the banter of PHOX's lead singer devolved from hellos and song intros into ex-boyfriend stories punctuated with expletives, an argument about the definition of "skank" (which featured the statement "this is a group that wears a lot of plaid so this isn't an elitist thing"), and a handful of forgotten Blink-182 lyrics.
Local rockers Bo and the Locomotive have released a new album poised to garner as much praise as their last.
With an unstoppable synth hook, hard-charging guitars and a refreshingly vulnerable portrait of romantic bliss -- "When I come home from the day's end with nothing but a dream/She's telling me she loves, she says I've been so sweet" -- "Never Afraid" by Bo and the Locomotive is as good as the St. Louis band has ever sounded.
Beginning as the bedroom recording project of singer-songwriter Bo Jackson, St. Louis indie-rock outfit Bo and the Locomotive quickly evolved into a fully realized group unit. After the release of their self-recorded debut, "On My Way," Jackson and his bandmates headed to Native Sound Studios to craft a hi-fi follow up.
Like the heroin-fueled fantasies of William S. Burroughs, Timber Timbre's songs are dark sojourns into dangerous wilds where murder and violence creep just beneath the verdant musical undergrowth and a troubled, moody psyche stalks his prey in a lonesome hunt.