I was very excited for the Underscore Orkestra concert at Lilypad here in Cambridge – I saw them for the first time almost a year ago in the same venue, and they were brilliant. And in spite of severe post-Australian-tour jet lag, they gave us an excellent show again this time around. I was pleased that they played a longer set than last year, so we got to have an extra dose of fun.
They’re one of those bands that can write songs that sound like standards, so I can’t always tell how many of their songs are original and how many are interpretations of older tunes. Their music tends towards somewhat “old timey” genres – gypsy jazz, swing, klezmer, etc. – which adds to the feeling that everything they play is about 80 years old. Mind you, they never sound dated! They remind me a bit of the wonderful Ghost Train Orchestra in that they play old styles of music with a modern touch that makes it sound fresh to 21st-century ears.
I took a video of a song they did early in their set – it’s called “Honey” and it’s from “A Little Bit of Magic in Every Batch…”
After that they moved on to what might be my favorite song of the night, “It Ain’t Right,” (more…)