The new quartets set list includes lots of tracks found on the bands last two albums, 2003s Easter Park and 2005s Steady Your Hands. Some fans call the tunes hybrid folk and alt-pop, but Beltram groans at the labels. Im not obsessed with paying a lot of attention to genres, he says. We take a basic song structure and see what we can do with it.
Beltram says his moms collection of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits records from the 70s helped shape his songwriting. His own Wilco and Belle and Sebastian CDs also figure into the mix. Its not this verse-chord-verse-chord-verse-chord kinda thing, he says. Thats what I get a kick out of.
Thu., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2007