Precision and depth enunciate the complex arrangements of the Gene Smith Band. Noted as one of the best live acts of the area, the band curates unique moments in carefully arranged songs each night. To say they fit an applicable comparison to the Grateful Dead or Widespread Panic leaves out 75% of the sound they truly are. In that, tiny nuances string together the confluence of artistic story telling and carefully honed skills in ways you’d never anticipate. Similar to other the talented jam-leaning acts, through the appreciation and cohesion of these musicians, you’re almost guaranteed to never hear the same song played the same way twice.
Take for instance the song Plastic Covers. An inspection of human dignity, rewashing interpersonal expectations from a dirtbag’s day old perspective. Pleasant mandolin leads the rising guitar laden crescendo.
At age 17, Smith wrote a rock opera, including the Other Side of the Sky. Heavily influenced by contemporaries, Smith’s carefully purposed words become vibrantly reinforced by rising melodies.
In another song, Scootch, a tune devoid of any human intent places you squarely in the life of a cat.
And what about death? Well, Gene Smith’s been there, too. After all, the state declared Smith deceased 30 years ago following an incident where a man stole his wallet at a bar and later killed himself in car accident, leaving the only traceable form of identification back to Smith. In the ensuing battle to reclaim his identity, Smith unwittingly uncovered a seedy undercurrent of identity theft taking place at the highest wrungs of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. You’ll be happy to know that Gene Smith is indeed quite alive.
The Gene Smith Band molds their talent into art and truly creates a unique show experience this Saturday at the Underground in Lansdale, PA. Tickets can be purchased for $8 online or at the door. Doors open at 8pm. No outside beverages permitted.