PS I Love You at hi-dive, 10/17/10
Tom Murphy Van Louvin
With Van Louvin and Paean
10.17.10 | hi-dive
Van Louvin opened this show. Those who have been around the Denver scene long enough would recognize its members from some of best indie pop bands of the past decade, namely Kent Phillips and Al Rich from Thank God for Astronauts, Dave Reeves from the Maybellines, and Eric Van Leuven from Breezy Porticos.The band offered up a similar brand of power pop purveyed by Thank God for Astronauts. A solid, straight ahead pop band is very much a welcome thing these days when that sort of thing doesn't exist much anymore.
During "Busload of Misfits," the guys showed how a smart use of dynamics can be more challenging and impressive than constantly just rocking out -- which they also did plenty of. Early in the set, Van Louvin did a power pop take on "Who Loves the Sun?" by The Velvet Underground and ended the proceedings with a slightly moodier version of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by the Ramones. Even though this was the group's second show, the band's energy was excellent and it didn't seem like the players were resting on any of their past laurels.