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Post  Admin on Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:15 pm

Backyard Tire Fire & Speakeasy

Friday, December 3 • Doors 8pm • Show 9pm • $10 Advance • $13 Day of Show • Over 21 Only • Buy Tickets

Backyard Tire Fire

Okay, here’s the skinny: The scheming corporate vampires and piggy-bankers have waddled away in a silent-but-deadly cloud after gobbling their fills at the public trough, leaving the rest of us poor schmos to pick the corn outta their poop and call it lunch. The whole stinkin’ economy is burning with the eternal, icy blue flame of corruption, and we’re down here with…what?

LIFE, for one great big thing—HEART and SOUL and ROCK’N’ROLL, and we got Ed Anderson and his able co-conspirators in Backyard Tire Fire to remind us that ALL OF THAT counts for way more than all the high-ticket stuff you can sneak out the back door.

With their fifth full-length disc, Good To Be, Backyard Tire Fire have achieved one of those big-time, long-haul records that matter far more than the sum of its considerable parts—and not via grandiose, larger-than-life lyrical imagery but through blue-collar, common sense miniatures that remind us of the simple beauty present in mundane, daily, person-to-person experience—a reminder that the hard work and struggle that these times are so dead-set about avoiding are the only actual treasures, the only worthwhile endeavors that bear fruit of substance.

Which is NOT to say that Good To Be is yet another one of those one-dimensional, granola-rootsy, rustic Americana takes on post-Uncle Tupelo barn-board rock; there is a taste of that, to be sure, but Anderson & Co. have spread the stylistic court with a rich, ever-expanding palette of aural rock ‘n’ roll colors and textures that tap into bouncy, Kinks-meet-Squeeze Brit pop-rock, Tom Petty-styled Southern rock, Beatle-esque majesty, intimate balladry, chiming folk-rock and heartland/populist chest-pounders. Bearing a consistent message of empathy, humanity and hope, Good to Be is a triumph of Anderson’s own thirteen year journey as a rock and roller.
Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Backyard Tire Fire have worked the national circuit tirelessly, sharing stages with fellow-travelers Cracker, the Reverend Horton Heat, Govt. Mule, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry and Los Lobos.

Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto’s Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success. From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time.

The band has been together in its current incarnation since members met in the early 2000s in Toronto, where more than half the band was studying its craft in the city’s colleges and universities. With that kind of classically trained background Enter The Haggis is constantly honing and evolving its sound – blending elements of rock and pop with traditional Celtic fare, an art school eclecticism and a keen sense of arrangement. Past records have seen the band dabble in roots, funk, even adding prog rock elements to the mix, but ETH always manages to bring it home. Alternating between upbeat rock numbers with sing-along choruses and slower, more introspective alt pop songs, the band plays progressive and lyrically driven music that’s strongly rooted in Celtic tradition – from the storytelling to the bagpipes.

“We like to experiment musically, pushing the boundaries of what people think of as Celtic music,” said vocalist and guitarist Trevor Lewington. “Some of our grooves, melodies and lyrics are quite different from other bands that we play with.”



Originally formed in the mid 90’s as a three-piece, Speakeasy experimented with a hint of metal and hip-hop funk before evolving into the groove-oriented progressive rock outfit they are today. “I think we have definitely matured as people and musicians over time,” comments guitarist and vocalist Shawn Eckels. “A lot has happened since we started. But, the music has gained a more solid direction over the last year 1/2 in my opinion.” As the band’s musical chops progressed, their style evolved into the driving force it is today.

With chunky, percussive guitars, razor sharp harmonicas, pinpoint three part harmonies, and punchy rhythms, the result is undeniably Speakeasy. Adding the multi-talented, “working man’s Champion”, Marcus Chatman and the funky bass work of Reed Herron rounded out Speakeasy’s musical soundscape. “Getting Reed locked into the band was huge and now very important to our sound. The three part harmonies were a big part of our sound growing as well as the music getting a little grittier,” adds Eckels. “I think that our sound having more layers with the addition of organ, trumpet, harmonica, and the vocals went hand in hand with the fun of it all.” Drummer Ryan Fannin lays the groundwork with rolling rhythms intertwined to Herron’s bass lines.

Not one to leave a crowd standing in its proverbial shoes, Speakeasy has built an ever-loyal fan base by cultivating a party atmosphere at each and every show. The free-spirited nature of the band shines brilliantly in their live performances. Serving up blistering cuts of crunchy, groovy electricity, Speakeasy breaks through with a rock and roll swagger of only true performers. “As professional entertainers, it all starts with us. No matter how big, small, excited or indifferent any particular crowd is, we have got to bring the energy to them, or else everybody leaves disappointed,” says Herron.

The renovated Old Rock House building, which borrows its name from a historic riverfront building dismantled in 1959 to make way for the Gateway Arch, features 6,000 square feet on three distinct levels, a state-of-the-art sound, light and video system and a menu created by an award-winning chef.

Co-owner Tim Weber- an industry veteran best known for ten years at the helm of legendary music club Mississippi Nights- believes this combination, a concept the Old Rock House calls an “integrated music venue, eating and drinking place” will allow for a new experience unlike any other in the St. Louis music scene.

“It seems like the concert business- especially at the club level- focuses almost exclusively on the bands and never the customers. Our mission is to focus on both,” Weber said. “We plan to book the best talent and deliver it in the best, most customer-friendly environment. If you want to rock out front and center with the band, you should be able to do that without passing out from the heat or getting crushed against a barricade. If you’d rather chill on a couch in the back and sip a single-malt, you should be able to do that too. There are so many ways to experience a concert; our aim is to accommodate what every customer’s version of an ideal concert environment is while still maintaining a rock and roll vibe.”

In addition to a meticulously restored building, the Old Rock House offers well-lit, free parking directly across from the venue, food to satisfy every craving, and boasts a drink selection to suit every palate and every wallet. “Our customers are able to come here right from the office or right off their couch, any night of the week, and get great music, great drinks, and a great meal. Ultimately, they create their own experience; the energy and the very nature of this venue allows people to do just that.”

The Old Rock House is located at 1200 South 7th Street, St. Louis MO 63104

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