Each Wednesday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generally, every interview here is started with the same "Tell everyone everything they need to know about you in exactly six words." Most people answer with something clever or cute or even funny, and occasionally they'll even say something pragmatic.
Never though, has a band managed to fully capture their audio appeal as well as this week's Artist of the Week, the incredibly emotive, gorgeously swampy Bourgeois Gospels. They are exactly what they purport to be, and that is pretty neat.
Keep it moving to see what it is they wrote, as well usage of the phrases "classism" and "neo-human" and advice on what to do if your power happens to go out soon. Aces.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about you in exactly six words.
Bourgeois Gospels: Soul. Blues. Gospel. Rock. N. Roll.
RO: You guys have two shows coming up. What's more, they're on the same day. Two questions, then. First, why, oh why, should someone be bothered to leave the comfort of their own house to watch you all perform? What type of amazing things will they get to see?
BG: You shouldn't. If you got beer in the fridge, and your favorite shows recorded, by all means partake. But, if the power is out, I know where you can feel some warmth.
RO: Second, two shows in one night? That sounds like it'd be an excellent idea but it also kind of sounds like you're pretty much destined to start the second one late. Start time is 9:45 p.m., but what's the real start time?
BG: 9:45 p.m. for real. Maybe 10 p.m...
Ed. Note: According to Warehouse Live, the Gospels are no longer opening for Gary Clark Jr., leaving them with just one show tonight. According to the band, they are indeed double-dipping.
RO: Were you all at all concerned that your name might be a tad off-putting? Also, is it true that this band was originally founded as a way to honor Patrick Bourgeois, arguably the sexiest guy who occasionally looks like Antonio Banderas of all time?
BG: Maybe at first, but we feel that it may be the very antithesis of what some may perceive at first glance. It's not a promotion of classism or gluttony, but more the opposite. It's a celebration and representation of the neo-human, the sub-conscious, and what brings souls together. In other words, Rock N Roll. Who is Antonio Bandanna?
RO: If you all only had one song to convince everyone on the planet to listen to your music, which would it be? Why that one? I
because it's a rocking good time.
*For what it's worth, this is the exact song that we picked too. It's five-plus minutes of sweaty, visceral rock and roll.
RO: Is there anything you all want to make sure gets mentioned? Now's the time to do it.
BG: R.I.P. Tony Puccio, the original soul brother.
The Bourgeois Gospels open for Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights 8 p.m. tonight at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room.
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