Alden Penner Reborn
Actually, that's not true. I vaguely remember him singing the first time I saw him perform solo material post-Unicorns in April 2005. But I hadn't seen him sing the way he did on Saturday since his days in the Unicorns. And more importantly, I hadn't seen him play songs like these since, either. It was a three piece band that consisted of Brendan Reed (on drums and occasionally bass), and a girl with an accordian who also aided Alden (who played electric guitar mostly) with the various marimba/glockenspiel/vibraphone setup on stage.
It was basically everything you'd expect Alden to contribute to a second Unicorns album, had the band stayed together; pop-y rock n roll with brilliant song-structure, sometimes soft and sometimes crunchy. Vocals delivered with both sweetness and deseperation. And I swear they played 'the Clap' for about 30 seconds.
I've got no idea whether this band will be playing more shows, or whether Alden plans to record and release any of this material, but it was definitely fun to see him in that role again. Here's hoping there's more to come.