Artist: The Beverleys
Songs: Hush + Hoodwink
Recorded at Smiling Buddha, April 16, 2016.
Bands don't last forever. One gets used to the natural cycle of things, but the announcement that The Bevs' vinyl release show (for last year's excellent Brutal) was also serving as their farewell was a bit of a shock. Still, even if it leaves a pang of regret for songs not written and shows not played, maybe there's something to be said for going out on top, and leaving with a big party in a room filled with friends. Aside from a quick "we're never playing here again!" quip while sorting out some recalcitrant gear, the band mostly let the music do the talking, playing pretty much everything in their songbook one last time. This was a damn fine band that I was glad to get to see and document — all the best to 'em going forward.