Wilco will return to Vicar Street on August 27th to promote their new live DVD Ashes Of American Flags which is due for release this Friday. Tickets are €40.20 on sale next Thursday April 23rd @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line 0818 719 390.
Ashes of American Flags follows Wilco from Tulsa, Oklahoma (Cain’s Ballroom) to Washington D.C. (9:30 Club) during its 2008 U.S. tour of ballrooms, clubs and concert halls, capturing the six-piece band, and three-man horn section, at such hallowed venues as Tipitina’s in New Orleans and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This feature-length DVD is a concert film of extraordinary intimacy, with the HD cameras focused primarily on the stage and often inches away from singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy’s microphone or drummer Glenn Kotche’s cymbals. Ashes of American Flags also functions as an evocative travelogue, a document of the band’s physical and emotional journey. Co-directors Brendan Canty, the former Fugazi drummer, and Christoph Green track Wilco’s tour bus across the country, taking in both the wide-angle beauty and William Eggleston-like desolation of the highways and cities they pass through. At each stop, the filmmakers record candid moments at sound check, back stage and on the bus, where band members offer insights into their lives on the road and their remarkably intuitive communication as a group.
Canty and Green, producers of the acclaimed Burn To Shine live-music DVD series, previously directed the beautiful, up-close-and-personal Sunken Treasure: Live In the Pacific Northwest, documenting Jeff Tweedy’s 2006 solo tour. At the time, co-director Green said that he and Canty wanted to show ‘the isolated bleakness you encounter when you travel quickly from one place to another… contrasting that with the experience at the shows ‘” the gathering of people and the sense of community that is created night after night.’ They accomplish something equally compelling here, though the landscape is much brighter and often grander, the band is magnificently loud, and Tweedy’s songs are brilliantly fleshed out. There is a lot to marvel at: Nels Cline’s riveting, neck-twisting guitar solos; Kotche’s inventive drumming, which alternates between muscularity and delicacy; Mikael Jorgensen’s subtle blend of electronic atmospheres and old-fashioned organ. There’s the deft way multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone manages to lift his hands from his keyboard to catch a maracas at the very moment ‘Heavy Metal Drummer’ ends and, in each of the 13 songs performed here, the sense of easy rapport between Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt, the only band member to have been with Tweedy and Wilco since its start.