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.
It was a hell of a weekend for music lovers of St. Louis. On Friday James Murphy came to town and induced a feral dance party at 110 BPM, while Pokey LaFarge and Dave Alvin drew hundreds of roots-music fans to Casa Loma and Off Broadway; on Saturday a riptide of the best local bands churned their audiences in and out of the current along Washington Avenue for the Riverfront Times Music Showcase, while Son Volt performed at the Pageant; and on Sunday night Darwin Deez graced us with its weightless, magical presence at the Demo.
Another Record Store Day is in the books, and what a day it was.