Clintons ham it up; Noah Gundersen sets precedent

Fans of the Clintons, a Bozeman-based country/pop group, dance along while John McLellan, guitarist and vocalist of The Clintons, and percussionist Josh Keehr, perform at YVBC Aug. 30.
Fans of the Clintons, a Bozeman-based country/pop group, dance along while John McLellan, guitarist and vocalist of the Clintons, and percussionist Josh Keehr, perform at YVBC Aug. 30.
John McLellan, guitarist and vocalist of the Bozeman-based country/rock band the Clintons, gives a friendly wink during a performance at YVBC.
McLellan gives a friendly wink during a performance at YVBC.

John McLellan, guitarist and vocalist of the Bozeman-based country/pop band the Clintons, and Josh Keehr, the band’s percussionist, have the Montana market on “cheese.”

McLellan and Keehr, who occasionally tour as an acoustic duo performing songs from the Clintons’ repertoire, were in a jocular mood during their Saturday performance at YVBC. I couldn’t help but laugh at their snide stage banter and tapped my toe along with their easy-listening tunes.

Their set list included a love song for Hillary Clintonand a serenade to the chain-smoking 60-something cocktail waitress they “fell in love with” at the bowling alley.

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Paper Mache presents new songs, focused sound on 2009 tour

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Paper Mache frontman Seth Woodward performs March 28 at the Railyard in Billings.

Spokane-based indie rock band Paper Mache launched its first tour of 2009 and is on the road drumming up excitement for several new songs. Performing their first Billings show of 2009 last night, the band appeared more gathered and composed than previous performances. Full of life and with a focused sound, Paper Mache’s music swelled. 

Paper Mache guitarist Chris Rindal and bassist Eddie Hudson.
Paper Mache guitarist Chris Rindal and bassist Eddie Hudson.

Shy and yet foreboding, frontman Seth Woodward and his sleek voice projected the band’s lyrically poetic music. Woodward played like he was in a 1,000 seat arena, despite the half-full bar crowd in front of him.

Growing in popularity as a self-made band, Paper Mache furthers the legacy of Northwest musicians: a brand of heart-on-sleeve songwriters marching to their protest songs and leaving diary pages waving in their wake. A hodgepodge of neo-folk and “emo,” Paper Mache is part of a genre of deliberately emotional music advanced by confessional lyrics.

The band is currently on a regional tour. Check their MySpace for dates. They’ll be back in Billings May 6 for an acoustic performance at Hot Topic in Rimrock Mall.