Whatever direction piano-oriented indie rock takes in St. Louis, the Potomac Accord will be there, if only unconsciously, in shadows and echoes. Formed as a trio in 2000, the band, led by quavering singer, guitarist and keyboardist Andy Benn and drummer Jerry Green, released two studio albums: Silver Line On a Black Sea
and In One-Hundred Years the Prize Will Be Forgotten
, and toured far and wide on the dark, lyrical strength of its glow-through-the-gloom sound. Somewhere between New Order and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the band erupts into Neil Young guitar grinds and post-jazz improvisations when you'd least expect it.
What To Expect: After a four-year respite, who can say precisely where the Potomac Accord is headed, but fans of experimental, pop-conscious music should follow.