If the members of the band Brother in a Bind look familiar it’s probably because they have been in (together and separately) an eclectic assortment of great San Diego bands. Having played with The Album Leaf, John Meeks, Grand Ole Party, Mr. Tube and The Flying Objects– to name a few, the duo of John Paul Labno and Brad Lee are introducing a unique offering to our local music scene.
Defying the definitions of a “cover band” the guys play a whopping eleven instruments between them and perform songs from Mr. Tube and The Flying Objects (a band they play in with lots of other great local artists) along with various covers. I’m hesitant to even call them “covers” because of the experimental and unique qualities presented with each song. With renditions of everything from “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter to “Spottieottiedopaliscious” by Outkast the diverse tunes are incredibly rich and well-maneuvered.
The past two Wednesdays the patrons of Riviera Supper Club have been privy to the first and second performances by the duo. While minds race to identify the songs, Labno and Lee deftly move from drum machines to keyboards to saxophone and trumpet respectively. And of course, guitar and bass get a turn on some of the songs for classic nuances layered upon the wealth of other sounds. Looping samples of their instruments and performing most songs without vocals, the intriguing soundscapes created stick with you and leave you wanting more. Trust me, you wanna see this.
[Side note: I gotta give a shout out to wing Wednesdays and The Riv in general. This place kicks ass. It’s swanky retro vibe invites an eclectic mix of folks, all of whom seem to enjoy good eats, good drinks and good tunes. If you need a stiff cocktail go for the signature Art Snob, otherwise wine, beer and other hand-crafted offerings are just as tasty. The wings on Wednesday nights come in an assortment of flavors (for 45 effing cents a piece, no less.) Personally I do the Spicy Soy Garlic (they aren’t overwhelmingly spicy but you better like garlic) and wash ’em down with a 22 ounce Manzanita Blonde (or three). You can also choose from Honey Barbecue, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Original and Burning. Plus if wings aren’t your thing the entire menu here is amazing and full of variety. The Turquoise Room tots might ruin other tots for you, just sayin’.]
Now that your mouth is watering for flavor and your ears are craving sounds unlike any other- get ready to mark your calendars. Catch Brothers in a Bind for their third, fourth, and fifth shows at Riviera on the following Wednesdays: May 16, 23, and 30. Shows start around 9:30pm but the wonderful wings and such are served up long before that. Brothers in a Bind also have a show on June 12th at The Casbah with Sister Crayon. And they’ll no doubt be making more noise around town so keep up on Facebook.