Dredg @ The Great American Music Hall (GAMH) - (4/20/08)

Kevin Keating
Sunday night shows are tough for me to attend. I'm usually drained from the weekends and I like to get a good night's sleep before kicking off the next work-week, but considering it was a Dredg show, I had to give it my best effort to attend.

Tickets didn't sell out as quickly for the concert as I had expected, and although the show was completely sold out last night, the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) didn't seem to be at full capacity. It was almost exactly a year since I last saw the band perform at the GAMH and you can check out my last review here.

In fact, I've got a number of reviews that you can check out over the past couple of years. There's a small warm-up show at the Cafe Du Nord in November '06; Another show down in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst Club; and my earliest review that I've posted to this site from a larger show at the Fillmore which was the basis of their Live CD in the Spring of '06.

Anyway, Dredg recently announced a handful of California dates in what I can assume they're using as warm-up shows for their upcoming festival performance at this year's Coachella -- one of the biggest summer music festivals in the country.

The show consisted of many of their classics, but also featured a few new songs that could potentially show-up on their upcoming album due out later this year.

I was able to capture one of their new songs right below. The video isn't great, but the audio is pretty decent.

Unlike previous shows, this was the first time I've heard the band perform a cover song -- Dave Brubeck's classic 'Take Five' which was dedicated to a friend of the band who recently died. The band was joined on stage by three 'North Beach' friends -- two on brass and a percussionist -- who led the instrumental performance. Again, the video isn't the clearest, but the audio is decent. Check out 'Take Five' here:

Lastly, I'll post Jamais Vu from the Catch Without Arms album -- their most recent studio album.

I've pulled what seems to be the complete set-list from the Dredg forums:

I Don't Know (new song)
Saviour (new song)
Same Ol' Road
Take 5 (Brubeck cover)
Planting Seeds
Ireland (new song)
Catch Without Arms
Noise / Experimental (new song?)
Ode to the Sun
Jamais Vu
End Up (new song)

If you're not already a fan of Dredg, check these guys out when they come to a town near you! I've got to believe that they're gaining a critical mass of fans that the labels will not be able to continue to ignore them. As I've mentioned before in earlier reviews, the labels just don't know how to market their sound -- a pseudo prog-rock, alt-metal, jam band just doesn't fit the traditional radio-friendly mold they're generally looking for.

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