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Rob Crow's Gloomy Place

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place

Bill Perrine

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Vaya, Peekaboos 

When: Wed., March 16, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Since the early 90s San Diego indie workhorse Rob Crow has compiled a novella-length resumé of musical projects. His sweet yet tortured high-pitched vocals long ago animated the touching, humorous ditties of Heavy Vegetable—and I can’t forget the guest spot he performed on Drive Like Jehu’s great “Luau.” Crow later poured his energy into a growing variety of projects: a pop experiment based on an outmoded keyboard (Optiganally Yours), a jittery and complicated duo with powerhouse drummer Zach Hill (the Ladies), a metal outfit that’s just one big sexual innuendo (Goblin Cock), and a revered, prolific, and masterful indie-pop band (Pinback). It’s an enviable catalog that must’ve been exhausting to create, so as much as I was saddened to read about Crow’s intention of quitting music last year, I understood his desire for some stable ground. However, the announcement proved premature, because earlier this month Temporary Residence dropped the debut by Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, You’re Doomed. Be Nice. The album moves with the same buoyant urgency as Crow’s solo recordings, though he’s subbed out his tinny, intimate instrumentals for the nimble muscle of a full band (Travis Nelson, former Heavy Vegetable bassist, plays guitar in the group). Gloomy gels so well on top of the goldenrod-colored melodic thump of “Business Interrupts” that it sounds like Crow and his collaborators are of the same mind—which is special for a band this new.
— Leor Galil
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