Going with the alternative: Wax Fang, Cabin play Saturday in New Albany

By DAVID A. MANN

David.Mann@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — The Sherman-Minton bridge: It may be useless when it comes to connecting us to Louisville at present, but it’ll certainly make for a pretty backdrop as a few bands from across the river play at a venue right in front of it this weekend.

Wax Fang, an alternative three-piece from the Derby City, is playing a free show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at New Albany’s Riverfront Amphitheater. Another Louisville band, Cabin, will perform at 7:30 p.m. that night.

Wax Fang

“Imagine Stephen Malkmus impersonating Neil Diamond covering the Pixies, playing guitar like Chuck Berry one moment and Thurston Moore the next, backed by a thunderous rhythm section a la Bonham/ Jones or Moon/ Entwistle with the technological savvy of, say, Eno-era Roxy Music and you have, at least, some idea of what we might sound like,” said Wax Fang singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Carney.

If you’re unable to piece those references together from memory, check out the band’s last full length record, “La La Land,” available at record stores and online services like iTunes or Spotify.

At present, the band is shopping its third album around to record labels, Carney said.

“Meanwhile, I’m working on a B side to the ‘Astronaut Part 1’ single that we released digitally last year to be released next year as an album in and of itself,” he said.

Saturday will be the first time the band has played a show in New Albany.

“Simply put: We like folks to walk away happy,” Carney said.

Although, indoor venues are the band’s preference because of the sound quality, “nothing beats playing outdoors when the weather’s nice, which, fingers crossed, it will be on Saturday.”

As the band has played around Louisville for the last few years, songs like “The Doctor Will See You Now” or “Sweet Bloody Murder” usually engage audiences the most.

Those who miss Saturday’s show can catch Wax Fang again in Bloomington on Nov. 4. That’s one of three dates the group plans to join up with psychedelic rockers Dr. Dog. Other shows are planned in Cleveland and St. Louis.

“We have never played with Dr. Dog before either and are always excited to get back out on the road,” he said. “It’s been far too long. The last time we really toured was over a year ago when we toured the United Kingdom. We did a three-week run that took us all over that tiny little island. Good times.”

CABIN

Cabin played a show at the New Albany amphitheater last year.

The group, which points to Radiohead and the Shins as major influences, offers a very deep, rich sound. Sarah Welder, the group’s violinist/pianist, is a New Albany native.

Its latest album, “Among the Rectangles and Changeable Parts,” was released in 2010 and is available at iTunes, eMusic.com and other online retailers.

Though the two bands hail from the same city, Saturday will be the first time they’ve played a show together.

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