Call it the home field advantage, but ex-Nerves drummer Paul Collins' show at the Earl Saturday night was fantastic to say the least. Not to say that his last show at the Earl back in August wasn't a good one, but this grand unveiling of the line-up of the Beat, featuring Jesse Smith (bass), Dave Rahn (drums) and Warren Bailey (guitar), wielded a much stronger dose of chemistry than what the prior Beat brought last time around. If ever there was a time to catch Paul Collins, it was Saturday night.
It's interesting to note that at the same time Paul Collins' Beat was tearing it up at the Earl, British Ska band the English Beat was playing across town at the Loft, which has to have set some sort of historical precedent. In case you aren't familiar with the story, the English Beat has to alter their name in the states because Mr. Collins already had the name for his far superior power pop outfit. Photographer Perry Julien was at the other Beat show and will have photos posted on Crib Notes very soon.
(Photos by Chad Radford)
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