with the Guilty Ones (USA)
Actually, there might well be another reason for their creative détente and recent reunion.
«Phil died over there in Spain and was brought back to life» recounts Alvin. Surely a compelling reason (might be a lesson to all feuding siblings) to kiss and make up and to record a new album together. It came out in June this year and thematically and musically, the title explains it all «Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy». It’s a coincidence they’re resurrecting Big Bill’s music here on our stage the day after All Saints Day, unless you believe there is no such thing as coincidence.
Let’s kick the can down memory lane for a yard or two: The two bro’s founded The Blasters in 1979 and their thing was blending American roots and blues with the anarchistic energy of punk. They were raw and in-your-face and mostly sensational. Phil’s searing vocals and Dave’s songwriting pulled you up by your shirt tails and kicked you down the aisle straight to the dance floor. Their fire lit up any stage they were on and on they were with the likes of X and Black Flag, The Cramps and Queen and yes, Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam opened for them. Alas, with this much tremendous creative energy zooming around, and considering they’re intense types in their own right and brothers, a break-up for ‘artistic reasons’ was in the cards (as it was for Oasis, The Kinks, The Everly Brothers…)But Cain and Abel they’re not. And it’s us also who’re the beneficiaries of them burying the hatchet and are chopping the wood in the same shack together again tonight. Their fire’s back and burning bright as ever and you’re gonna have a blast, or two Blasters, tonite.