Between oceans | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

Between oceans 

Go-Betweens haven't lost that sly smile

The characters inhabiting the literary world of the Go Betweens, visiting Cat's Cradle Sunday, June 12, profess self-realizations, confess weaknesses and observe the world around them with a warm eye.

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster deftly illustrate their stories with a poet's acute awareness of words' sounds, nodding to writers, like Kerouac, who influence their outlook. The songwriting duo, old Brisbane schoolmates, has moved through various incarnations of the Go Betweens since 1982, traversing the pop underground with an obsessive clutch of fans.

This year's Oceans Apart, on Yep Roc, reveals McLennan and Forster's lyrical aplomb intact, with a new band shaping the songs. Drummer Glenn Thompson and bassist Adele Pickvance add a newfound rumble to the pop machinations, clip-clopping through these heady tales. At their best, the Go Betweens capture neo-romantic beauty in the everyday, without the baggage of lofty self-aggrandizement; reducing their songs to wide-eyed self-experience and humanism. 9 p.m. with Okkervil River and Robert Skoro.

  • Go-Betweens haven't lost that sly smile

Latest in Spotlight

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Juliette Lewis is such a great actress but shes an even more amazing singer! I am so excited she is …

by Gerard on Juliette & the Licks (Spotlight)

We the House Of God Church (Keith Dominion)in Fayetteville,NC is having a Gospel Fest for our Y.F.F.U. Dept. in August. …

by yvette 58 on The Campbell Brothers (Spotlight)

This man, as well as Jasper were very talented. They took there handicap, and made a living out of it.They …

by babyboo on Skeeter Brandon (Spotlight)

Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation