Boston’s The Ballroom Thieves share the perils of their life on the road. It may look glamourous, but it is also trying. Life in a small van and onstage takes its toll – separation from loved ones, isolation, depression, crumbling relationships, underlying tension bleeds into the music from their new release, “Deadeye” at the Tractor Tavern on March 25th. Their show starts at 9pm.
Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch played through their pain and turned their frustrations into a new album, “Deadeye,” their second album release [Their first was “A Wolf in the Doorway]. They wrote new songs to reflect and share their dramas, putting their unspoken fears and bitter feelings into their music. “Deadeye” is fierce and intense.
Songs like “For Mercy” and “Pocket of Gold” reflect regret and resolve. There’s fire in Calin Peters’ voice on the venomous “Blood Run Red.” Guitarist Martin Earley goes bluesy on “Anybody Else”. “Noble Rot” is full of instrumental chaos and mirrors the group’s frustrations. They liken it to “a tethered mule.”
Their angst helped them explore the darker corners of their sound. By sharing it with their fans, they compare their performance to exposure therapy. By acknowledging that their struggle is still very real, their music will move them forward. .
The Ballroom Thieves perform at 9pm on Saturday, March 25th at Tractor Tavern, Tickets, general admission $15. Doors open at 8pm.