South West London's Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian weigh the tenor of the times with the conflicted emotional terrain of Turin Brakes' recent We Were Here. There's a sprightly dourness dropped onto the rolling grandeur of the songs, which are graced with a pastoral luxuriance redolent of the pop- and prog-rock of the 1970s. (An extra special bonus is the great drumming and harmony vocals of High Llamas' Rob Allum and longtime bassist Eddie Myer.) While We Were Here sweeps and soars, a chin-scratching soberness runs through it all, with weighty lyrical themes such as the rape of the economy by swinish bankers and thieving pension-fund managers giving the close listener a wee bit to think about – and tap a toe to, of course.

Mon., March 17, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/17/14)

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