All Things Blue Capped Off The Second Night Of LWR’s Residency REVIEW+PHOTOS: ALL THINGS BLUE @ THE ECHO 1/15/18
ECHO PARK, CA- Lauren Ruth Ward‘s residency at the Echo/Echoplex was more than just a chance for her to flex her seemingly otherworldly talents. It was also an opportunity for a number her talented friends to showcase their music to an audience that they perhaps would not have had the chance to otherwise. Lauren is such a vibrant member of the local musical/arts community, it was almost no surprise to discover that her friends shine just as brightly as she does.
The final act to take the stage at LWR’s second residency showcase was the band All Things Blue. I won’t lie … for some reason, I had a hard time connecting with this band’s music at The Echo. That being said, I still took the time to find their music online to give them another listen… and my opinion of them changed dramatically.
I. Dig. This. Band’s. Music.
Back in 2001 or 2002, a recording artist named Res released an album titled “How I Do” that I was floored by. Back then, that album, which was an experimental mix of hip-hop, rock, and soul, was considered a little too eclectic for pop culture to digest. I loved that album though. The cuts “Golden Boys”, “How I Do” and “Ice King” were-and are still- some dope-ass tracks.
All Things Blue have got a very similar vibe. Perhaps a little more psychedelic than Res’ hip-hop leanings, but just as musically eclectic and whimsical. I honestly would have bought some of their vinyl (if they had any) had I known what their music sounded like before heading into the gig.
I’m still not sure why I didn’t hear live what I hear in their recordings, but I think I’ll have to remedy that and make sure I catch them in concert again knowing what I know now.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) January 25, 2018