Former Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie is playing tonight at Studio B as part of a big "Dreampop Dynamite" party that also includes local heroes Mahogany. and a couple other bands I’m not familiar with.
Usually when Robin plays live these days, it’s just him with a laptop backing. But, as he explains on his blog, he’s doing something different tonight. "I’ll still be on the stage trying to avoid the spotlight, shuffling about uncomfortably looking at my pedals, but I’ll be doing so in the company of two other musicians, namely Andrew Prinz from Mahogany who has kindly offered to play bass and Odell Nails on drums. This isn’t part of a grand plan, rather me taking a few risks and, in essence, trying to expand my horizons and learn a little at the same time… at moments when we play together it is delicious. At moments it makes me fearful that it may not work. I just don’t know. Right now I haven’t the faintest idea how this will turn out, but I have high hopes that it’ll be luscious and pant wetting."
Robin Gutherie’s signature style launched a few rock crit cliches ("cascade of ethereal guitar") and more than a few imitators, as well as the entire Shoegaze scene that did irreparable damage to my ears in the early ’90s. It’s a busy night, but something to consider if you’re looking for something to do. Plus, as Guthrie played on and produced some of Mahogany’s beautiful Connectivity! album from last year, I’d imagine he’ll be taking the stage with them as well — and they are good live, even if they only ever seem to play the same four songs. This could be special.