City Slang: Citizen Smith and Patrick Davy rock the UDetroit CafĂ©
So on Thursday evening, City Slang made itâ€™s now-regular weekly appearance on the Motor City Special show, and the segment, though delayed by two hours, was sweet. Host Kevin Pachla and I discussed the Howling Diablos, Big Chief, Cactus and more. Meanwhile, fellow guest Mark Arminski, artist extraordinaire, talked up the forthcoming Peopleâ€™s Arts Festival. The two live performances that I saw, though, were stunning.
Citizen Smile have always been a great live band but up to now they havenâ€™t, in my opinion, managed to get that energy down on record. Hopefully thatâ€™ll change soon, because the trio of new songs that they played for the show were all stunning. Guitarists Kory Kopchick and James Brown make a stellar six-string partnership, and Brown is an increasingly passionate singer. I donâ€™t know what the last song they played was called, but it recalls Snow Patrol (in a good way).
Patrick Davy & the Ghosts, on the other hand, had previously failed to capture my imagination at shows, but I had given the trioâ€™s Outside Empty mini-album a great review. Tonight, they rock. Davy is turning into a great front man and charisma is spreading all over him like a welcome rash. Heâ€™s also a smart lyricist and a talented songwriter, and the song â€śWhere It Beganâ€ť is breathtaking in its simple, understated beauty.
I donâ€™t know as yet whoâ€™s on the show next Thursday but whoever it is will have to go a long way to follow these two.