We saw the Spree open for Bowie in Austin 2 days ago, and were enchanted. They were having so much *fun*! It was fairly easy to see why Mr Bowie had them up there: I was reminded repeatedly of *his* very first album, (also of his history with experimental theater, including ,<whisper it> mime) particularly "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" and the song I can only recall as "Sugar Horses Painted Red". The mixing left something to be desired, so the sound was a little muddy, but hey, what do you want from the poor techs with that many maniacs to mike live?
Overall, the impression is that the most crazed members of your local high school choir, drama, orchestra, and band have somehow gotten a gig, and are having the time of their lives with instruments they might possibly have stolen from the band hall.
I did not know it was physically possible to play the viola and jump up and down at the same time. They had a glockenspiel!
Anyway, we bought the CD, and it is mostly a thing of beauty, if a bit of a rough diamond kind of thing: ever heard the very first release by the Moody Blues? All of everything they were ever going to be was in there, but it wasn't *quite* organised yet, and that is what this feels like. That last track makes me laugh, it reminds me so very much of all those "concept albums" where side 2 was all one song and that one song was bizarre beyond words! And "Days Like this Keep Us Warm" made me cry.
Truthfully, I suspect these people of having a *marvelous* sense of humor.
Think the Moody Blues meet Godspell and Sgt Pepper conducts the resulting chaos. LOVE IT!