I went to see the Rheostatics last night.
The show last night at the Horseshoe Tavern (for the venue’s 70th anniversary) was charmingly comfortable and clunky and delivered all the musical brilliance and meandering banter that we have come to expect and enjoy.
This is Hugh Marsh who is just, well, a phenomenon, who plays with the Rheostatics frequently.
It’s wonderful to see them in a small venue like the horseshoe where you can get a sense of how much attention they pay to each other as they’re playing on stage, which is an essential part of what makes them a whole that is greater than the sum of their multi-talented parts.
I am always happy to have the chance to go see these guys play live. If you haven’t done so yourself, I suggest you do. There’s a lot in the music to hear and their substantial repertoire covers a lot of ground. There’s bound to be something in there that makes you sing “It feels good to be alive.”