Retribution Gospel Choir get intense at the Triple Rock
|Photo by Cameron Wittig|
The three-piece were locked in all evening long, hardly giving themselves (or the crowd) time to catch their breath before it was on to the next song, which only served to add to the intensity and frenzy of the songs themselves. The spotlight was clearly on Sparhawk's guitar work during the entire set, tearing it up on "Your Bird" and an extended, fierce version of -- appropriately enough -- "Electric Guitar." Sparhawk joked recently about how he's done things in reverse and gotten louder as he's grown older, and this was by far the loudest show I've ever seen him play. You could also tell he was quite happy to be back home in Minnesota, especially when he dedicated the main set closer to "My Valentine, who I'm going to see tonight" before playing a passionate version of "Take Your Time."
And after a brief encore of Sparhawk serenading the audience with a tender "Bless Us All," the band quickly left to rapturous applause. Retribution Gospel Choir are a tempestuous live band, and with Sparhawk at the command, be it in the hushed beauty of Low or the fierce energy of RGC, the audience is always left satisfied and completely spent.