It is a rare occurrence, at least in my experience, when one can attend a show and end up truly loving not only the band that was the catalyst for your attendance, but also the other two acts on the bill. Wednesday night at the High Watt the fuse was lit by The Wind and The Wave, kept burning hot with Night Terrors of 1927, and ignited into a glorious musical detonation of awesomeness with The Colourist.
The Wind and The Wave have enjoyed some love from our beloved local radio station Lightning 100 who have recently been playing the male/female duo’s foot stomping tune, With Your Two Hands. This is currently the only music that they have available for purchase, but never fear, they are planning on releasing their first album this year which this hungry music lover will be sure to gobble up. Best friends Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn play more like a single person occupying two bodies than they do a two-piece band. Patricia attacked the microphone and moved with contagious energy with Dwight’s backing vocals and electric guitar finishing the sound out effortlessly. The two of them mentioned early on in the show that they will always carry fond memories of Nashville for being the first city to play their music on the radio. Baker offered a light-hearted quip after this by saying that they might end up also holding a grudge against us if we are also the last city to play them over the air waves. Believe me, Dwight, the two of you are far too talented for that to ever happen. Chemistry was not my best best subject in high school, but I know a perfect mix when I see it.
Next up was a previously unknown band to me, the Los Angeles based Night Terrors of 1927. Some great musical discoveries are made on accident and that was the case for me this night. With powerful lead vocals and harmonies from nearly everyone on stage I was more than pleased with my first experience with Night Terrors. Their songs were catchy with a broad appeal, but still personal and raw – a combination that will no doubt serve this band well. Oh, and one more thing…their drummer ROCKS.
Closing out the Wednesday night show was another west coast act, The Colourist. The band name/logo draped across the back wall of the stage was a good touch, but I have no doubt that they will soon be replacing it with much larger stage decorations. Anthems…their songs are anthems. I somehow felt like singing along to every song they played, whether I had previously heard it or not. While everyone on stage were talented musicians and essential parts of the sound and show, nobody in attendance could keep their eyes off of the female drummer/co-lead singer Maya Tuttle (or am I just speaking for myself?). Are you kidding me?? Her drums were set at the front of the stage and trust me, that was no accident. With a killer voice and rhythm for days you definitely don’t want to banish her to the back of any stage, ever. Put her up front…heck, put her on a spotlighted raised platform front and center for all the world to see. Sometimes I fall in love at shows…this might have been one of those times. I will see them the next time they are in our fair city and you had best do the same. This band rocks, nuff said. Not to mention (even though I’m mentioning it) that some guy in the crowd up front started doing the worm towards the end of the set so hey, it must have been good…right?
The High Watt is a perfect place to experience new talent in a small intimate setting where you can hear the music and see the details, but each of these bands delivered in a way that can easily take them on a short walk down the hall to the larger capacity and talent-worn stage of the Mercy Lounge.
- Wes Poole
(For more images from the night, head over to Reaux Photo for the full set. Thanks, Jeromy!)
Cool evening temperatures remind us that fall has arrived, but this past weekend, Nashville caught the fever… Fever Fever that is. As my first article for Cause A Scene, I had the privilege of choosing any band to write about for one of their Daily Discovery pieces. Since I had been listening to Ohio-based Fever Fever for awhile, I knew that they were the group I wanted to showcase. This past weekend, I was given another amazing opportunity to see this band perform at Exit/In as a part of a Slospeak Records show. If that wasn’t enough by itself, I was also invited to a secret house show.
In my earlier article, I compared Fever Fever to bands like Young the Giant and Local Natives. After seeing them perform, I feel the need to throw all of my previously made comparisons out the window, simply because they aren’t like anyone else I’ve seen. The guys in Fever Fever played a really phenomenal set, complete with a harmonium, a flute, and a sweet lights show. The downloads I’ve been listening to for so long don’t do this band justice by themselves.
If you’re looking for a new favorite, you should definitely give this band a listen. You will seriously not be disappointed.
Super-group alert! If you have never heard of Salvador Dali Parton, I’ll cut you some slack considering the band only came together a week ago, but they’re one group you’re going to want to know about. Made up of Mumford and Sons’ Winston Marshall, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gil Landry, Jake Orrall of Jeff the Brotherhood, Mike Harris of Apache Relay, and fronted by Justin Hayward-Young of The Vaccines, Salvador Dali Parton’s existence in the music world was short-lived but oh so sweet. After a 20-minute songwriting session, one day of practice, a fair amount of whiskey, and a night of six shows, Salvador Dali Parton disbanded early Sunday morning.
Considering the collection of artists who made up this group, no one could have predicted that they’d deliver a mix of emo punk and doom metal, made even better by Marshall’s appearance in a dress, fishnet stockings, a fur coat, and a platinum blonde wig to complete the bizarre look. As soon as the show began, a robed Hayward-Young turned into a man on a mission: to deliver as many death stares and theatrically foreboding hand gestures as possible. Their set-list consisted of mostly impromptu instrumentals but with only one practice session together, they managed to pull off a very entertaining show. Much to my and the rest of the audience’s enjoyment, Marshall and Hayward-Young were both very involved with the audience throughout the show I attended at the Exit/In. At one point, a slightly inebriated Marshall invited an audience member on stage for a slow dance.
Despite having lasted just a little over half an hour, I can easily say that Salvador Dali Parton delivered one of the most entertaining and memorable shows I’ve seen. Even after seeing them perform, I’m not entirely sure what their sound is; I only know that it’s a good one.
If you listen to The CO’s second and most recent full-length album, Keep It Together, you may feel yourself being rapidly sucked into your car stereo by the pulsing beat that jump starts the opening track, “Frequency.” Don’t worry. This is a good thing, because The CO is nothing short of awesome! The dramatic thumping beat is quickly accompanied by the soft, yet powerful and distinctive vocals of front man Colin Brace and the song swiftly culminates to an anthemic chorus that is driven by drummer Nate Fleming’s rhythm section and Troy Akers’ melodic keys. Together they produce a sound that resonates with the soul and remains consistent throughout the entire album without any sense of wear or tire. With an expertly polished sound that lies somewhere in the vast musical galaxy between catchy pop and edgy indie, The CO create a sound that sticks with you.
“Frequency” is perfect sample of what Keep It Together is as a whole bodied piece of work. Throughout the compellation, Brace’s vocals are soulful and tender and helm a sound that consistently tows the line between emotive ballad and catchy, head nod inducing choruses, often blending the two seamlessly from one song to the next creating a fluidity and cohesiveness that is seldom found even in some of the most seasoned artist’s work.
The collaborative approach that the band takes to songwriting is a large contributing factor to The CO’s diverse sound and also yields each songs lyrical depth and emotional variance. Each song is product of an exposed vulnerability, from the hopeful and inspiring title track “Keep It Together,” to the deep and introspective “How To Say Goodbye.” It is quickly evident to anyone who may choose to listen, that this is what The CO is all about. It’s not just the fantastic production on the album, but the soul of each song that sets them apart.
I was fortunate enough to experience this first hand a couple of weeks ago at one of Cause A Scene’s most recent house shows. It was my first time seeing the band live, and it also happened to be my first time hearing the band at all, and that was what stuck with me. Sure, I was struck by Brace’s vocals and Akers’ soaring harmonies, as well as every other aspect that makes them a pleasure to listen to. However, there was something else that couldn’t be put into words, something that resonated on a personal level. At first, I thought it was due to the stripped down semi-unplugged set and the intimate atmosphere of a living room house show, but it wasn’t. That personal connection was just as apparent plugged-in on the album. That is what makes a band great. The ability to connect with listeners, no matter the medium. And that is exactly what The CO does.
In front of every good band is a good frontman. In the case of Luella and the Sun, it’s an excellent frontwoman.
From the moment Luella sings her first note into the mic, it’s a voice so different and unique that you can’t possibly be anything other than smitten. And if her voice doesn’t immediately pull you all the way in, her sweet dance moves certainly will. There’s nothing more fun than watching a performer who’s having fun and that’s something Luella absolutely brings to the stage.
But it’s definitely the guys—Adam, Jon and Joe—that set the overall sound of the band, with their smooth guitar licks and solid drum beats. And while the fast upbeat songs will have your head noddin’ and your feet tappin’, it’s the slower songs that really showcase what the band is capable of and just how magical their sound is.
And speaking of the band’s sound, like most bands these days Luella and the Sun are hesitant to put a label on just exactly what their “sound” is. I guess it is a bit tricky trying to describe songs that seem to weld together soul, funk and rock. But just take a listen to their single “Fly so Free” and you can define their sound for yourself.
It’s really amazing just how cohesive their sound is, considering they haven’t been playing together for very long. Although a couple of the bandmates have known each other for a while and some have even played together before on other projects, the four of them have only been playing together as Luella and the Sun since sometime in mid-to-late last year.
As a recently formed band in Nashville, they describe their newness as a positive aspect, comparing their musical purity similar to that of a child. Their sound is new and fresh and un-tampered with by outside sources. For a band that’s already experiencing the success that Luella and the Sun is enjoying so far, that’s a pretty significant accomplishment.
If you’re in the Nashville area, I highly recommend you get out to a Luella and the Sun show…and quickly. Through the fueling of upcoming shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas this March and the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama this May, these cats are gonna blow up fast. Something tells me you will be able to catch them in cities far and wide outside of Nashville very, very soon as the buzz around this band stretches shore to shore.
For now, though, you can catch Luella and the Sun in their home city of Nashville at Music City Roots from the Loveless Cafe on February 27th and the Mercy Lounge on March 2nd.