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There is no room inside a box

Friday, July 19, 2019

Line from one of my favorite songs by the band King's X, who I'm going to see in concert tonight.


I cheated a bit, by checking out the setlist. Looks like they're playing essentially the same set as the last time I saw them, about a year ago. Given that that set included most of my favorite songs of theirs (Cigarettes, A Box, Goldilox, Over My Head), I'm not complaining.

I expect I'll be choking up, as I always do, during the second verse, the part where they sing

Just a place to run and hide
just a place to free your mind,
just a place to break the chains
and find whatever matters
There is no room inside a box,
there is no room inside.

Just something about the way Doug Pinnick delivers those lines, you know the guy knows of what he sings, and he's got a way of reaching right into you and wrenching your heartstrings.

The other lead vocalist, guitarist Ty Tabor, has a great voice, as well, which you can hear on "The Garden", which isn't slated to be played.

Heck, even the drummer, Jerry Gaskill, sometimes gets in on the vocal action, as on this apologia to his wife, "Julie"

Funny thing, if you made me list a single specific genre to list them under, I might say progressive rock/metal, but the songs I've linked above are all of a softer variety, which really doesn't begin to describe what they're all about. There's a bit of Jimi Hendrix meets gospel in there, with an overlay of influence by the Beatles, that might have proved too many styles blending together for mass appeal. Certainly one of the bands I'd argue should have been much bigger than they ever made it. On the other side, it means I get to see them, pretty regularly, for ~25 bucks in an intimate small club setting.

I suspect more people have heard them than they realize if only for this connection. Back when David Letterman still had his show, Paul Shaffer would occasionally come back in from commercial with his band playing the outro from the song, "We Were Born To Be Loved".


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