England in 1819 at Milestone tonight (8/5/2012)
ENGLAND IN 1819 Named after the sonnet by romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, England in 1918 is the collaborative project of brothers Andrew and Dan Callaway and their father Liam. The latter honed his musical talents in the burgeoning Athens, Ga. New Wave scene of the late ’70s, and his father, William Callaway, toured the South as a musician during the post-WWII era. So, yeah, a deep musical gene pool, those Callaways — but, back to the present generation. The brothers Callaway grew up in the English countryside, playing in weekend rock bands with their old man, who taught overseas Air Force bands, and that experience clearly tagged along with them back to the U.S. Now based in Baton Rouge, La., the Callaway’s first full length was a home-spun effort whose music and title — Three Cheers for Bertie — betrayed their UK-philia. The new one, Alma, is a step forward sonically, a blend of proggy drama and twee introspection often unfurling in surges of orchestral crescendos. But too often, the mood tilts overdramatic, with Andrew’s Chris Martin-esque vocals and a reliance on atmosphere over hooks and melody as the main culprits. You wind up wishing the Callaways really would sound like England circa 1819, instead of Coldplay in 2005 and Genesis in 1976. With Ocean vs. Daughter, Meet the Sky and Charlotte Parrott. $6-$9. 9 p.m. Milestone.