Rescue | 4.28.07

rescue2If you were there, you saw a relentless, uncompromising band at the height of its craft.



The Magic Stick, Detroit

The best band in Detroit played their last show on Saturday, April 28 at the Magic Stick. The grime, wear, and old air of the club was a really fitting send-off for a band who'd spent years touring North America and had gotten their hands dirty, too. Rescue calls it quits at precisely the time when their music had reached a superior level of angular, urgent, well-crafted songs that most bands can only hope to achieve. Their last release, Paranoid, is one of those front-to-back masterpieces, closing with a song well beyond their time, "Sleepwalker, Shit Talker."

While it may be clichéd to say a band had great music and even better people, if you know Rescue's music, you're probably also friends with the band. Bassist and drummer Sean and Ryan Clancy's house had become known throughout the country as a safe haven to bands passing through.

The years Rescue spent grinding out a grassroots following and making contacts paid off in the form of tours with their friends Thunderbirds Are Now! and the City on Film.

So what was it about Rescue's last show that made it so special? You couldn't help but get the sense that these several hundred people weren't just die-hard supporters of their music, everyone in attendance was also their friends. People drove from across the continent to see their friends play the music that meant so much to them.

And Rescue did not disappoint. They played a blistering 90-minute set with an encore, and several songs were accompanied by a friend on guitar, cello, keys, or the occasional pocket of friends coming up to sing a favorite song of theirs. You stood back as it happened, happy, impressed, and entertained, but sad at the same time. The new Paranoid songs, including "Run as You Are" and "Breaking My Own Heart," were highlights, as were "Concerns" and "I Am the Queens of Comparison" off Flamingo Minutes. When singer Al Scheurman introduced "an old song," the eruption revealed how long Rescue has had a place in that scene and those hearts. If you were there, you saw a relentless, uncompromising band at the height of its craft.

Bands today are lucky to be any one of those three things. Knowing that makes saying goodbye to Rescue even harder. | Geoff Koch

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