Being a singer-songwriter in St. Louis is a daunting task. Ok, Jay Farrar of Son Volt still lives there, and last I checked, he’s doing pretty well, but rock and hip-hop mostly thrive in the city by the Mississippi. After seeing Geoff Koch live at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room this past Saturday night, I’d say the man has a shot at building a Midwestern buzz off of 2008’s underrated If It Feels Good, Don’t Do It.
This isn’t to say Koch can’t rock the house, but during his 1+ hour solo performance, he kept it chill and comfortable. He also surprised us with two great covers: Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” and the show closer, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Both songs worked quite well, especially matched up against his own material.
Which brings me to what I believe is his best song, “Pro-War.”
On his album, it’s loud, maybe even a little angry, and you don’t really get a feel for all the words Koch is throwing at you. But when he’s performing it solo, you realize that there are a few lines that can get your mind rolling.
My favorite one is: “It’s not that I don’t like peace, but violence is a friend of mine.”
I talked to a couple of my friends last night as to what this line could possibly mean, but I’m still really not sure. The only thing I’m sure about is that this song isn’t “Pro-War.” Have a listen below. And go see Geoff Koch when he comes to your town.