John Value

John Value

Sun, July 1, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

John Value
John Value
"John Value’s restive playing on Little Star’s wonderful 2016 debut, Being Close, betrayed a drummer uncommonly attuned to the emotional dips and swells of a three-minute pop song. He sounded busy back there, like he was trying to find paths to feeling that his bandmates hadn’t discovered yet. It’s not surprising, then, that Value is a skilled songwriter in his own right. The multi-instrumentalist’s new album, The Altar, is a crystalline collection of somber pop that is gloriously out of step with the sounds and poses of 2018. Big Star’s “Thirteen” hovers above the record as a guiding light, and like fellow Chilton-Bell acolyte Elliott Smith, Value can stretch a single syllable into something holy and wrenching. The Altar isn’t all gray dolor, though—the best song on the album is “The Long Sleep,” a galloping thrill reminiscent of Dire Straits at their peak. And if “Dire Straits at their peak” doesn’t strike you as a ringing endorsement, you might need to give Dire Straits another listen."
- via Portland Mercury
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115