Callback to this post.
After many years of internal bitterness, Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie managed to put the past behind them for a new tour (otherwise known as needing money) and found that they still had some musical connection. Maturation is a great mellower.
So, they not only toured, with a new drummer and a couple of auxiliary musicians that pump CRAZY levels of energy into their show, but they were touring with Barenaked Ladies who openly idolized them. Brian and Gordon have IMMENSE egos, and that had to do them good, so they even managed to record new music….
So I bought a 200 gram vinyl four song EP that had one throwaway, two good songs, and one GREAT song.
And then, the news came out that they were recording a WHOLE new album. Whoah. If anyone deserves to have a reunion bump, it’s the Femmes….
I had the debut album soon after it was released, but didn’t move to Milwaukee until shortly before the second album was released. I saw them at the Union, playing many songs from that unreleased album not long after I got here. I know I sweated up my clothes and lost my earrings pogoing in the pit.
Since then, we have seen them in almost every venue in the city. The Oriental, UWM Union, Summerfest, Shank Hall, The zoo… Even when they were barely able to look at each other on stage, we loved them. In fact, the on stage tension sometimes seemed to make them BETTER. Aggression and hatred fueled the musical energy….
I once was hanging in a bar to see the two guys from the BoDeans play, and Brian Ritchie came in. He knew the guys I was there with, so he sat with us. I remember him as being a snide asshole…(on the other side, every member of the Mekons I have ever talked to was pleasant, gracious, and pleased to meet a fan. Whatever)…
So there is a release on the imminent horizon, and I am kind of excited for it. Hopeful. (although this is a time where the Mekons released an album last year, Jura, with Robbie Fulks; The Waco Brothers released a covers album; The Mekons have a new album coming out this year, and the Wacos have a new original album as well. My Life is Full)
Anyways, the Femmes. Reunited and energized, see what they did:
I laugh and laugh with delight when I watch this….