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by Nic Huber – eParis Extra!
There is really some great talent in the Paris music scene, and last night’s show at The Depot proved just that. Accompanied by his bass player Kenneth Thornhill and a lone kick drum, Alex Addy showed up with a very minimal set up and a very large stage presence.
For those who have not heard his band, The Tambourine Machine, their sound and influences are quite eclectic. The sometimes rock ‘n’ roll band, sometimes reggae band, is best compared bands like The Black Crowes.
“You get what you pay for,” Addy told last night’s crowd at The Depot, as he explained how his only practice playing guitar and his kick drum simultaneously was in his living room earlier that day. He told the crowd he’d stop if it wasn’t working, but it worked all night long as he played originals from The Tambourine Machine’s 2011 release “Talking About Love”, as well as a couple of uniquely-arranged covers thrown in. (His covers of The Rolling Stone’s “Beast of Burden”, Bloodhound Gang’s “Fire Water Burn”, and Dynamite Hack / Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood” are worth noting.)
The band will be going out of town to perform a couple dates in Shreveport, Lousiana and Fort Worth, Texas, but then the band will be back in Paris to perform again at The Depot on December 15 and December 22. Check out The Tambourine Machine and their music at www.reverbnation.com/thetambourinemachine.