The most over-qualified cover band in town plays its first show in almost three years. Info/tix
There was a time in Madison, a decade or so ago, when Houses In Motion kind of ruled the roost, occasionally selling out the High Noon with two-set shows of Talking Heads covers. (Also, local musicians were slightly less bananas about tribute projects than they are today, I think?) This is a music nerd's cover band, not really interested in giant suits or any of the other lovably weird theatrics, but it didn't matter—a bunch of Talking Heads songs played right makes for a pretty great dance party. The one Chicago-based member, bassist/vocalist Greg Ujda, can actually pull off the vocals, and the Madison-based members have done a lot of vital work in other, mostly far weirder outfits in town: Matt Skemp and Jeff Sauer play together in bizarro math-metal trio Czarbles, and Andrew Fitzpatrick (along with Skemp) is a member of electronic project All Tiny Creatures.
Houses In Motion has been less of a presence the past few years, in part because the members have been busy with other projects—Fitzpatrick became a member of Bon Iver and has expanded on his challenging electronic solo work under the name Noxroy, Sauer and Fitzpatrick have been putting more time into their experimental project Cap Alan, and Skemp's projects include playing with Milwaukee band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. At their first show in almost three years, Houses In Motion will stick to their usual format: One set of early Talking Heads material as a four-piece, then a set of later material (well, up through 1983's Speaking In Tongues) enhanced with additional vocalists and percussionists. Catch it if the ticket prices for David Byrne's upcoming show at the Orpheum made you die a thousand deaths of sadness, or if you just need to blow off some steam. —Scott Gordon