Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Two Brits In America


Those of us who’ve enjoyed The Britannicas online and via their 2010 self-titled full-length CD kind of assumed we’d never get an opportunity to see them in person. The three band members, guitarist-vocalist Magnus Karlsson; bassist-vocalist Herb Eimerman; and drummer-vocalist Joe Algeri, reside in Sweden, America, and Australia, respectively. The fetching harmonies and instrumentation on catchy power pop songs like “Friday Night Alright (Come Out And Play)” and “Ordinary Day” are assembled via modern technology. But now Algeri has made the trip from Down Under, and he’ll be performing with Eimerman at Martyrs’ this Thursday night. As the band noted on its Facebook page recently, “Even though Mags won’t be with us, it’s as close as you’re going to get to seeing a live Brits performance!”

In addition to performing with The Britannicas, Algeri plays multiple instruments and overdubs his vocals on solo efforts that he records under the name The JAC. His latest single, “Record Store,” features a clever tribute to the retail outlets; a techno-oriented cover of Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold,” and two other fun tracks. Eimerman joined Shoes member Jeff Murphy for a CD released under the name The Nerk Twins, and he recorded some solo CDs on Shoes’ Black Vinyl label. (Speaking of Shoes, they have a show this Saturday night at SPACE in Evanston, with The Valley Downs as opening act.)

So the two Britannicas will have a wide range of material to choose from at Martyrs’ on Thursday night. They'll also be performing on the Razor And Die Radio show on WLUW 88.7 FM at 2:00 PM Friday; the Stiner Pavilion in Waukegan on July 27th; at Fais Do Do in L.A. on August 1st as part of International Pop Overthrow - Los Angeles; and at The Revue in Fresno on August 2nd.

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