Gin Blossoms - Harold's Corral, Cave Creek - 10/25/2013
Photos by Dan Moore The Gin Blossoms played the hits and a surprising number of new tracks in Cave Creek.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gin Blossoms know exactly what they are, and they're good at it. During the summer they've been playing the nascent '90s nostalgia tour circuit, blowing through "Hey Jealousy" and "'Til I Hear It From You" and "Follow You Down" between the one-hit wonders and that year's headliner.
On tour by themselves, though--and particularly in Cave Creek Friday night--they open the setlist up, and they're good at that, too.
That means more New Miserable Experience, of course; "Found Out About You," sure, but also "Lost Horizons" and "Until I Fall Away." But it also means tracks from their comeback records, including 2009's No Chocolate Cake. The single, "Miss Disarray," and "Dead or Alive on the 405" and "Wave Bye Bye" come alive a little outside the gloss and the midtempo of the album, and fit perfectly well into a full-length Gin Blossoms set.
They lack the angst (masked badly by bravado) that characterizes everybody's idea of the best Gin Blossoms songs, but they sound right, and play to the band's strengths live.
On a package tour they're delegates from the early '90s; in Manilla, where they were earlier this month, they're Americans. In Cave Creek, outdoors in front of a packed Harold's Corral house, they were among fans, people for whom the band, and not just the songs, meant something.