Almost a year to the date of the last time Sallie Ford played in the Boston area, I headed out to Allston on a Wednesday to see her latest band. After seeing her with The Sound Outside on what ended up being their last tour, I wanted to check out her latest incarnation on their first Boston stop.
Usually when an artist adds a keyboard player to their line up, it waters down the music and gives it a more mainstream sound. Somehow, Sallie Ford comes out even more raw and dirty with her new line up, including keyboards. Of course, one of the big questions was if she would play her older songs or just stick with her new line up and album. She did break out some of her previous band's songs, including "They Told Me," which really showcased her new, more raw sound. Her earlier, more bluesy sound has been replaced with an edge that's reaching just slightly into Stooges territory. Some of this has to be credited to her new drummer, Amanda Spring. It's like taking the simplistic style and pure joy of Meg White and mixing it with precision. "Workin' the Job" was the highlight of the set, with its catchy as hell chorus and bridge. The band implored the crowd to dance halfway through the set, especially since the previous night's crowd in Northampton was so reserved. They then admitted that that was a seated show. After seeing Sallie Ford live, I can't imagine trying to do so sitting down. They came back for a one song encore of The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," leaving the crowd that stayed late on a Wednesday night thrilled to have come out.
The show wasn't as well attended as I would have expected. Maybe the Wednesday night factor was stronger than it should have been. Interesting mix of a crowd, as people seemed to be there for a specific band,and then filed out once their favorite was over. The front row was a blend of early 20-something females and middle aged men, so I can pretty much guarantee you won't be deterred by the Creepy Old Guy factor. I implore you to get out if she comes to your area. You won't regret it. Check out her website to see if they're coming to your town.