Ben Kweller, the indie singer-songwriter, will be performing at what he says is his "favorite venue in America," the 9:30 Club, Oct. 18.
The club is an ideal setting to hear his quirky brand of indie pop. "It's intimate, yet you feel a definite energy from the crowd," said Kweller, who is on a national tour to promote his new self-titled album, in an interview with the Hatchet.
Tracks "Sundress" and "Thirteen", off of "Ben Kweller," his third album since 2002, should be particularly enjoyable. These songs that Kweller wrote with relationship "ups and downs" in mind, are quiet and delicate, matching the closeness of the standing room-only venue. Similarly, raw, emotionally charged songs like "This is War" will be even more intense when performed in such a cozy location. Kweller is known to put on a good, solid show, regardless of obstacles: he continued to play during a show at the Austin City Limits music festival despite a bloody nose.
"Ben Kweller" is a departure from the musician's other albums. Kweller said producer Gil Norton encouraged him to play all the instruments. "Gil told me, 'The songs are so personal. You should put your fingerprint on each track.'"
Norton, who has worked with groups like the Pixies and the Foo Fighters, was also responsible for the album's slicker sound. "We were going for something big, a little more produced," said Kweller, who said he was impressed with Norton's ability to communicate musically. "He was great at getting to the crux of the song."
Kweller, whose influences include The Beatles, Sonic Youth and Creedence Clearwater Revival, has a song catalogue with something for everyone. Whether fans are looking to hear old favorites off his previous releases, or experience his new album live, his appearance at the 9:30 Club should not be missed.