Friday, July 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Red Jacket Mine to perform twice in Davis

The band Red Jacket Mine, which features Matthew Cunningham (bass), left, Andrew Salzman (drums), Lincoln Barr (guitar, vocals) and Daniel Walker (keyboards) will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Sophia's Thai Kitchen. Courtesy photo

By
From page A7 | April 17, 2013 |

You have two chances this weekend to catch Seattle’s pop rockers, Red Jacket Mine.

The band is performing at 10 p.m. Friday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in Davis. Local synth-pop band Contra opens the show at 9 p.m. This show is for the 21-and-over crowd and costs $5 at the door. The band is also playing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Armadillo Music, 205 F St. in Davis. This is a free, all-ages show in support of Record Store Day.

“We’re doing a short run of shows, going from Seattle to San Francisco, doing as many in-stores along the way as we can,” front man Lincoln Barr said in a recent interview. “It’s fortuitist that April 20th is Record Store Day.”

Red Jacket Mine is touring in support of its latest album, “Someone Else’s Cake.” With its power-pop melodies and savvy lyrics, the songs will appeal to fans of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and Nick Lowe.

“That’s certainly no accident,” Barr said. “That’s the kind of thing we dig.”

The smooth bass line and keyboards on “Listen Up” recall Steely Dan.

“I’m a big Steely Dan fan,” Barr said. “That’s the song that started the whole record. It got the whole ball rolling. It usually takes a song or two to spark the direction of the album.

“Around that time I had a pretty serious sinus surgery,” Barr added. “I couldn’t sing for a period of time. It was not a pleasant experience. The potential to not be able to sing again was scary. I could play guitar and was tinkering around and that’s how ‘Listen Up’ came about.”

An active band in Seattle for the past eight years, Red Jacket Mine has put out two full-length albums and a couple of 7-inch records leading up to “Someone Else’s Cake.”

“Around the time we started writing this record in late 2010, we had a couple of line-up changes. With the guitarist and bass player leaving, it left us adrift for a period of time,” Barr said.

“Going through line-up changes put things in perspective,” he said. “I’m proud of the first two albums but they’re not really songs to be enjoyed but songs to be admired.  I wanted to write songs that were fun to play live. I wanted a record that’s engaging.”

He certainly achieved that with “Someone Else’s Cake.” From the horn-laden “Better to be Broken than Blind” to the organ and guitar skank of “Novelty’s Gone,” the album is full of memorable pop songs. Not only are the songs great but the recording is crisp, clear and full.

“I gotta hand it to our producer, Johnny Sangster,” Barr said. “He’s responsible for making it sound so great.”

What’s the Seattle scene like?

“Honestly, I wish we were part of a scene,” Barr admitted. “I wish there were more bands I felt a kinship with. There are a lot of great bands from Seattle and a lot of people we like to play with. But what we’re doing is not in step with the trend. There are a few bands, like The Trip Wires, who have that pub rock, Nick Lowe kind of vibe.”

At the same time, Red Jacket Mine doesn’t mind standing out.

“I grew up in Mississippi and our drummer is from Missouri, so our background is not Northwest at all. I feel like that’s apparent in our music anyway. It’s not easy to throw us in a larger bucket.”

Being a touring indie band is not easy these days.

“It’s getting harder and harder to sell stuff at shows, which is your bread and butter for a touring band,” Barr said. “I’ve noticed over the last five years a drop-off. It’s difficult to convince someone that they want a physical product of anything.”

But Barr isn’t complaining.

“It’s hard to maintain just playing music; we all have day jobs. But it goes get a little easier every year. We take a little less money out of our own pocket each year, so that’s progress. It’s not the rock-n-roll dream, but it’s good enough.”

Comments

comments

Landon Christensen

.

News

Tech Trekkers boldly go into STEM fields

By Amy Jiang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Decoding breast milk secrets reveals clues to lasting health

By Pat Bailey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

California climate change policies to hit our pocketbooks

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

 
Davis braces for six days of scorching heat

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Appeals court upholds high-speed rail route

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
Carwash raises funds for funeral expenses

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Unitarians will host summer camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Artists, photographers invited to support Yolo Basin Foundation

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Sudwerk’s sales grow, floating on a sea of dry hop lager

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Wetlands visitors will see migrating shorebirds

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Recycle old paint cans for free

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Where your gas money goes

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A12

Americans, internationals make connections

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

 
Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

STEAC needs donations of personal care items

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

 
.

Forum

Trio disagrees on best option

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Support these local restaurants

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Let’s get the bench repaired

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

Predicting climate changes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Clinton’s book is worth a read

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 3 Comments

Thanks for emergency help

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Commenting system to change

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10, 32 Comments

 
.

Sports

Hudson solid, Hamels better in Giants’ loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Moss powers A’s past Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Enriquez brilliant, but Post 77 season ends with Area 1 loss

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
The un-Armstrong? Tour ‘boss’ Nibali wins Stage 18

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

‘A Most Wanted Man’: Superb espionage drama

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Clyde Elmore: Art in the Wild

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Musicians perform at Sunday service

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
 
.

Obituaries

Mary Lita Bowen

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
James Thomas Feather

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Richard ‘Dick’ Robenalt

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, July 25, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A13

 
.

Real Estate Review

Featured Listing

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

Professional Services Directory

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

Remax

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

Sherman Home

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Tracy Harris

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Vaughan Brookshaw

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Lyon Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Julie Leonard

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

Ciana Wallace

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

Melrina A Maggiora

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Joe Kaplan

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Jo Vallejo

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

Karen Waggoner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Jamie Madison

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Malek Baroody

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

Carol Coder

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

Diane Lardelli

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

Jason Sull

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

Julie Partain

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Lisa Haass

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Leslie Blevins

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Yolo FCU

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

David Campos

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Heather Barnes

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Willowbank Park

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Kim Eichorn

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

Dana Hawkins & Caitlin McCalla

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

Dana Hawkins & Caitlin McCalla

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

Susan von Geldern

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

Open House Map

By jboydston | From Page: RER19

Chris Snow

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

Travis Credit Union

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20

Patricia Echevarria

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

Lynne Wegner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

Kim Merrel Lamb

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

Martha Bernauer

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

Open House Map

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER23

F1rst Street Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER24