But that's one of the things that makes the band great. They sing in their dialect; they're not going to mask it. They even did a song about it, "Throw the 'R' Away." And if you listen to their songs, you'll know why -- a good portion of them are about Scottish pride and independence. Add in the other common themes in their music -- love and loss; travel; getting married, fighting while married, and loving being married; and drinking -- and rockabilly and country influences, and you've got a nutshell idea of what the Proclaimers are about.
That's Charlie Reid on the left (guitar, vocals) and Craig Reid on the right (vocals). I think. No, wait. That's Craig on the ... or is it ... ? Shit.
The concert itself was spectacular. We were right up against the stage, maybe three bodies back. It's rare that a band sounds as good live as on their CDs. The Proclaimers, I dare say it, rocked the El Rey. They did many of the cuts from their new album and all of their classics. My favorite song, "There's a Touch," was third on their playlist. They did all their biggest hits, with a full band: "Letter from America," "I'm On My Way," and the obligatory "I'm Gonna Be." For an encore, they did a three-song set that they capped with their cover of "King of the Road." And the crowd -- not huge, but fully stoked -- was composed of hardcore fans. They knew every song, and sang along. And I'd never met another American Proclaimers fan. All in all, a fantastic evening, and a fabulous performance. It's Monday, and my ears have finally stopped ringing.