The Boxing Lesson Tour Kick-off Show Tonight at Hotel Vegas
One of my fondest memories of The Boxing Lesson is when I met up with them at Music Lab a few years ago for an interview. If you’ve ever laughed so hard that you can’t breathe and tears are flowing out of your eyes, then you can imagine how this went.
I was just getting the ball rolling with a segment I used to produce, called Before the Break. If I recall correctly, I’d asked the band to sit for a quick chat about the album they were working on at the time, Wild Streaks and Windy Days.
These are the nicest people you could ever meet. Synth master Jaylinn Davidson, guitarist and vocalist Paul Waclawski, and then-drummer Jake Mitchell shared endless ideas, inspirations and a nonstop sense of humor that had me in hysterics. But the common thread throughout the conversation was clearly the passion they have for their music. They love what they do. They have a damn good time doing it.
Cut to 2012, and The Boxing Lesson’s adventure continues with their latest rock ‘n’ roll space cowboy mindblower, Health Is the New Drug, featuring Davidson, Waclawski, and drummer Matt Bongirno on a wicked psychedelic jaunt through prog land, but expanding it a little further. Recorded at The Bubble with producer Frenchie Smith, the album soars to colorful, trippy heights while pushing past prog and psych rock expectations. Welcome to the ultimate cosmic afterparty. This is your invitation.
Speaking of which, The Boxing Lesson is inviting you to their tour kick-off show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. The bill includes Follow That Bird, Geronimo Son, and the youngest rock band around, Residual Kid. Things get started at 9:30 p.m. Recommended.