Roadshow of the Week 

The Sensation Junkies

We live in a town that lies on the road to/from Seattle and Portland. This means that oftentimes, bands just happen upon us and then the love they receive is such that Boise becomes an intentional stop the next time around instead of an accidental one. Welcome back, Sensation Junkies.

The Seattle-based Junkies come from a remarkable background--including various relationships with Neo, John Cale, Duff Kagan, Gruntruck--bringing a wealth of knowledge to this new project. Their debut release, Once For the Money, showcases musicians with a clear understanding that a good band will take its inspiration from everything imaginable but make their music theirs and theirs alone.

Invoking the Doors, U2 and Built to Spill, among others, the Junkies' emotional songs wander in and out of alt-country/indie rock with a drop of pop here and there. The songs on the album have a common "voice" beyond just that of singer Christopher Blue. "Olalla" starts simply, wanders into a spacey vibe and then drops back down to Earth. "Painkiller" opens with a Santana melody and Tom Waits lyrics. It is a mesmerizing tune that climbs until Blue is nearly keening--the last vocal note is more cried out than sung out--and then gradually loses everything to a final cymbal tap and guitar note.

Once For the Money is an array of soundscapes that after only a listen or two becomes quite addictive. If this is indicative of their live show, they'd better plan more stops in Boise.

Saturday, November 12, 9 p.m., with The Thieves, another delicious band of merry makers, $3 (!), Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.

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