The Love Language @ The Echo, 2/24/11
Love is hard. So is creating anything original that touches upon a subject Shakespeare, Beethoven and Elliott Smith all emptied their hearts for. But people keep trying to successfully send up life’s most vexing problem, and to varying degrees of success and originality.
Enter The Love Language, and the triumph of lo-fi, power-pop, blues inspired punk rock that reaches for the stars and often graces the heavens. Their raw mix of ingredients, their rock & roll melange, was on proud display Thursday as the North Carolina natives raced through a 45-minute set. It was as much a showcase of their zealous devotion to the language of love as it was a genuinely joyous, balls to the wall performances heralding their message.
But, for as much as The Love Language may borrow from this era or that, their paradox is that their music would have fit perfectly into a bygone era of simpler times.