BNL doesn’t sound like the old BNL. By now, any fan of the band knows that Steven Page left the group. At this point, I can’t figure out whether it was on his own accord or whether he was forced out of the band.
I checked out the band’s website to see if there was any insight on the break-up. There wasn’t. I didn’t expect it. I also didn’t expect the band to post their first post-Page live concert. You can find it here, probably for a limited time.
After hearing it, I can say the new ladies don’t sound like the old ladies. Ed tries his part at “Old Apartment”, it sounded strange. “If I Had A 1,000,000” was one of the strangest attempts at sounding like the BNL I love. Kevin Hearn, I believe, sings back-up and puts some weird inflections on many words.
If the ladies come to Cleveland, will I see them? Yeah. Do I think they jumped the shark? Yep! Of course, the classics won’t be the same without Page belting out his lyrics. Hopefully, we can look forward to some new classics by the new band. I’ll withhold judgement for now.