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Concert Review: Mark Sinnis at Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn NY 5/31/09

Nashville gothic from one of its finest exponents. When Mark Sinnis isn’t playing bass and fronting dark, ferocious rockers Ninth House, he does this scaled-down acoustic project, sometimes backed by revolving cast of A-list characters from the New York underground scene. This time out it was just the powerful baritone singer on acoustic guitar, backed by Ninth House keyboardist Matt Dundas. Since the Social Distortion-inflected Aerosol and the intro to the Cure-influenced Quiet Change both start as blazing rockers when he plays them with Ninth House, Sinnis backed off the mic to maintain the intimate vibe rather than assaulting everyone with punk rock in a small space.

The rest of the show was a clinic in subtle inflection. Sinnis may be a big belter in his own band, but in a quiet setting he shows off the kind of phrasing that you usually only see in jazz singers. Or in Johnny Cash, an obvious influence. An audience member who’d been at Ninth House’s previous show a couple of weeks ago at Don Pedro’s remarked that hearing his vocals there, “to a woman, was like an hour of chocolate.” This was more like Grand Marnier. The new, minor-key Fifteen Miles to Hell’s Gate, a parable about the death of New York by gentrification, was all barely restrained wrath; the love song A Southern Tale (title track to his new album, recently reviewed here) was exactly the opposite. In between the two extremes the two players did a new Louvin Brothers style country gospel number possible titled Death’s Your Friend that met with considerable nervous laughter, an organ-fueled take of St. James Infirmary and closed with a stripped-down cover of Ghost Riders in the Sky, Sinnis’s voice sailing over funereal organ again. The crowd wouldn’t let them get away without an encore, so they played a terse version of the big Ninth House drunk-driving anthem Follow the Line. Ninth House play Hank’s on June 12 at 11; Sinnis’ next acoustic show is July 12 at Sidewalk at 9.

June 3, 2009 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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    Comment by Terrell Lisser | December 16, 2010 | Reply

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