Juliana Hatfield and Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando have worked together a good deal over the years. She’s played bass on some of his material, she’s contributed perfectly adorable background vocals to some of his best songs, and she’s even responsible for that awesome scream in “Alison’s Starting to Happen” when he gets to the “Alison’s getting her tits pierced” line. On September 29th and 30th, they’ll be appearing together at the Mercury Lounge. It sounds like they’ll each do solo sets, but it also seems likely they’ll share some time on stage together. Like a northeastern 90s alt-rock Sonny and Cher if you will.
There’s an interview with Hatfield over at Sound Spike, where she talks about the work they’ve done together and the perhaps unfair light in which Dando has come to be seen.
“In the past when I worked with Evan it was always in a strictly auxiliary capacity — backup singing, bass playing — but now that we will be on equal footing I think we could do a lot of damage,” Hatfield said of the pairing. “I’ve always thought that Evan was an underrated songwriter…. His good looks and anti establishment attitude have overshadowed his skills.”
I mean, I’m totally with her on the good looks thing. Dude has cheekbones like nothing you’ve ever seen, and his hair is obviously no joke. But, is Evan Dando really know for anti-establishment tendencies? I was under the impression that he was mostly just into, like, cuddling and smoking weed and listening to records. Whatever, though. Underrated regardless.