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Concert Thu Aug 23 2007
Photo: Hayley Murphy
Beginning in 2000 as a solo project, Roommate (a.k.a. Kent Lambert) released Celebs, which focused on the concept of fame. The EP caught the ears of a few prominent listeners and some years later Lambert arranged Roommate to perform live. Considering the simple yet full electronic and breezy cacophonous sound of Roommate, Lambert is perfectly fine playing solo, but is often joined by numerous musicians live to give the music a little extra depth. (On Friday he'll be accompanied by Anton Hatwich on bass, Justin Petertil on guitar, Seth Vanek on drums, and Luther Rochester on the Buchla Music Easel and percussion.)
Originally a digital-only release earlier this year, New Steam has recently been pressed for a limited 10" vinyl run in a hand-printed sleeve. (Really, this is a piece of art to own.) Two Roommate-penned songs share space with two covers (Red Red Meat's "Quarter Horses" and Broadcast's "Until Then") that shine new light on the songwriting of the originals. (And speaking of covers, Roommate's Songs the Animals Taught Us has a cover of Big Head Todd's "Dinner with Ivan" that is quite interesting.)
Roommate will perform a wide variety of songs, including many from the LP scheduled for release next February, at South Union Arts, 1352 S. Union, with Judson Claiborne and the Singleman Affair. The show begins at 9PM.