Dust­bowl Re­vival of­fers a witty, high-en­ergy set

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mod­ern pol­i­tics.

In the song, a daugh­ter feels a painful gen­er­a­tional split be­tween her­self and her par­ents, as she tries to deal with her thoughts that they may have cast their votes for a tyrant in the last elec­tion and have be­come strangers to her. This yearn­ing search for com­mon ground per­vades the record, as a whole.

Con­tin­u­ing with the du­al­ity theme touched upon at the be­gin­ning of the al­bum, “Sonic Boom,” pow­ered by Vance’s fid­dle, tack­les the topic of love, an emo­tion Re­vival pon­ders in depth, through­out the LP.

Love, as it turns out, can be a messy af­fair. You can dig a hole for your­self, wor­ry­ing about feel­ings given and maybe not re­cip­ro­cated, but in a ro­man­tic sense, when love is real, it’s has the power to break up any stormy clouds hang­ing over your head.

Dust­bowl Re­vival’s urge to con­stantly ex­pand their mu­si­cal palette, while con­tin­u­ously build­ing on their sig­na­ture sound, makes ex­plor­ing any of their pre­vi­ous three al­bums a de­light, but the di­rec­tion of self re­flec­tion that “Is It You, Is It Me” takes is an es­pe­cially po­tent ad­di­tion to the Los An­ge­les-based mu­si­cians’ formula.

On a state­ment re­leased via the band’s web page re­gard­ing in­spi­ra­tion for the ef­fort, Lu­petin mused, “We don’t know where this jour­ney will take us or how long it will last. That’s my take on the im­por­tance of what we try to do. Mu­sic el­e­vates us, lifts us up, makes us change our minds, takes us out of our com­fort zones. If just one per­son can be moved by just one song, that’s enough.”

“Is It You, Is It Me,” con­tains oc­ca­sional ex­plicit con­tent.

If a high en­ergy set put on by a witty, eclec­tic Folk sex­tet seems in­ter­est­ing, be sure to catch Dust­bowl Re­vival when they play an all ages show at 8 p.m., Feb. 29 at the Troubador. Tickets are on sale now at troubador.com

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