the sound off the surface of the moon. Valuable real estate and great live rock 'n' roll gigs have one prerequisite in common: location, location, location. Depending on where you catch Love Lies Dreaming, the band can sound like one of the best new pop-folk-rock bands to emerge from the city in years or like just another invisible band turned up way too loud with nothing going on.
Love Lies Dreaming is the former. Fronted by the husband-and-wife singer-songwriter team of rhythm guitarist Andrew McFinton and cellist Jennifer McFinton, this quintet sounds like a sound track to a Zen-inspired love affair. The two McFintons are the Everly Brothers meet 10,000 Maniacs, Crosby Stills & Nash without Crosby, or a downsized version of Fleetwood Mac.
The music is low key, melodic and subtle, romantic and emotional. Andrew has the higher vocal range and Jennifer the lower, so when the two blend their voices which is most of the time the mix is sad and sweet and catchy. When you toss in drummer Steve Petrinko (who occasionally adds some weird Maureen Tucker-Velvet Underground offbeats) with the steady and jazzy rock beat of bassist Lorin Burgess, the result is folk-rock with an almost religious quirkiness that doubles as catchy pop.
The original songs cover the usual topics: Do you love me, I love you, The world is a wonderful place, I don't feel too happy today. On paper it sounds tame. But the McFintons are so sincere and seem so happy to be together onstage that their voices lure you into the world of their lyrics.