Riverboat Gamblers

10 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

May 31, 2006 at 4:00 am
This furious quintet formed nearly ten years ago as a rock-'em-sock-'em reaction to their Denton, Texas, proggy-emo scene (re: At the Drive-In). Then last summer came an invite to the Warped Tour. Now, if your band is not of the skateboard-mallrat stripe, that tour can mercilessly thrust you into an empty-seated one p.m. slot, thereby reducing groups to bickering and wondering if "the kids" like hair gel and ringtones more than music. But the Riverboat Gamblers took it as a battle and won some converts. Longtime fans worry that the Gamblers' new CD, To the Confusion of Our Enemies, goes Good Charlotte sometimes. It does, via bigger production and anthem-always histrionics — but they never resort to awkward OC balladry. It's their most full-on rock record yet.