by J.D. Reager
The appropriately maritime-themed nightclub the Cove will host what could be the most intriguing musical pairing of the year when the newly-formed Jack Oblivian & the Pirates take the stage there this Saturday night.
This super-group of sorts finds local garage-rock powerhouse Jack Oblivian teaming up with a new backing band (dubbed "the Pirates" - no connection to the local cover-band of the same name) comprised of the members of the sunny indie-pop group Star & Micey. Keyboardist Adam Woodard, a member of both Oblivian's usual band, the Tearjerkers, as well as Star & Micey, facilitated the match-up, and spoke to the Flyer this week about the unlikely collaboration.
Flyer: How did this pairing come together?
Woodard: I've been playing with Jack for nearly a decade and just recently hooked up with Star & Micey. I think Jack is just such an amazing songwriter, and the beauty of a great song is that it can be interpreted by just about anybody and still hold up as a good song. Star & Micey have such a unique sound and I really was curious about the match up. Also, Star & Micey has a large local following, and so does Jack, but they are two groups that rarely mingle. I really want to cross-pollinate these two scenes. That's when interesting things happen. But mostly, Jack's a good friend and so are the folks in Star & Micey, and I figured this would be a good way for to hang out with both at the same time.
What will the set be like?
We've stayed away from songs that Jack normally plays with the Tearjerkers. We've got a violin, so we picked out some Compulsive Gamblers' tunes. We're doing a Jerry Lee Lewis song from the late '70s. I think it's the only Jerry Lee song with a disco beat. We're also doing a Jack song that hasn't ever been recorded or played live. We're planning on recording it after the gig because it came together so well.
What does the Star and Micey gang bring to the table as a backing band that makes the combination so interesting?
Star & Micey have evolved into a gypsy-pop-revival-circus and every time we strap on our instruments it's an instant party. There is very little inhibition amongst us and a lot of physicality. The enthusiasm we bring to every show is so infectious that even the most jaded people find themselves wearing big shit-eating grins by the third song. I'm really excited to see an audience's reaction to the pairing of such a great singer/songwriter/guitarist like Jack with this group of A.D.D. auranauts.
Do you see the band continuing, or is this a one-time collaboration?
Only time will tell.
Jack Oblivian & the Pirates
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.