by Pope Jane, Bucky Beaver and the Groundgrippers
and Jim Southworth with Southbound will be featured
at Rally in the Alley. PIctured from left to
right are Pope Jane: Kristen Coyner, Holly Hoagland
and Danielle Egnew.
enticing sample offers some of the prolific
group's most creative work. Never a cover band,
Pope Jane is famous for the volume of original
material they produce. One of the first things
you notice is that the music is seamless. Bass,
lead and rhythm guitars and drums form a perfect
union of sound. It's more than just different
instruments working together, each song is a
tapestry of melody. Yet, each sound make itself
heard, from Hoagland's bass boom and Brown's
hot guitar licks to the softness of Egnew's
acoustic guitar and the crashing of Coyner's
drums. Egnew's vocals provide the secure stitches
that hold the tapestry of Pope Jane together.
Her voice is at times ferocious, at others,
ethereal. For example, the tender, yet tumultuous
"Scrapbook." Penned by Coyner, this
song tells a story of a woman suffering the
loss of her child. Egnew sings it at two levels,
one, soft and fulnerable, the other, barely
in control. It's an emotional roller coaster
ride of a song.
musical morsel is the Egnew composition "Only
Names Have Changed." The basic theme of
the song is that while times change, people
do not. Every album has a song that comments
honestly about society, but Pope Jane's is unique
because it refuses to sugarcoat anything. There
is no moralizing or fables here, just an honest
look at life in general.
before you go to Casey's on New Year's Eve to
take in the group's last local appearance, make
sure to pick up this gem. The only thing better
than listening at home is watching it live.