Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles/Patrick Sweeney; July 16, 2008; High Noon Saloon
The last time the Borgeses (as we have affectionately taken to calling them) were in town, it wasn’t even to play a show. Only two weeks before they had played Summerfest and then had a couple days off before heading to
While this was their first time at the High Noon, it was their fourth time playing
As the last song of the night she used the obvious sing-a-long to get their friends the Blueheels and everyone else they know on stage to echo the lines “turn your lights down low, open up your back door,” handing her guitar off to Josh as she did so. The first single from the record, a cover of the Reigning Sound’s “Stop and Think It Over” is a natural for the band; it’s a super catchy tune with some attitude. Behind her the awesomely named Broken Singles are a terrific band. The rhythm section (Binky and drummer Rob) power the songs, while Mike dresses them up. A sublimely stylish guitar player, he had every guitar player I know claiming they weren’t worthy. I can’t wait till the next time they come to town, and they better not get their own apartment.
Co-headliner Patrick Sweeney was an equally impressive guitar player, even if his songs weren’t quite as memorable. He had a terrific smile that he flashed every time he said something he found fumy. “For this next song we need it to be completely quiet,” he told the crowd, waiting for them to fall silent before turning to the band with a stage whisper of “I can’t believe they fell for it.” Songs he called “serious” turned out to be silly little instrumentals, but even so his guitar playing was the focus of his set. While never as over-the-top as some, there was a hint of Texas-style blues in his music. I didn’t feel the need to buy a CD after, but I enjoyed him all the same.