[quote type=”center”]They’ll yell. They’ll stomp. They’ll push. Push back. They can take it.[/quote]
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #000000;”] T [/dropcap] he Deadfields are a group of amazing musicians and the energy they bring to a performance will have your soul charged for days! Their original music is soulful and playful. Their cover arrangements from country to rock were like none I have ever heard! Having four vocalists in the group adds a wide range of diversity reminiscent of the Eagles and CSN&Y. I heard the word UNIQUE a lot when I asked people what they thought of the show and many said . . .
[quote]The Deadfields should have been the HEADLINER![/quote]
The audience was up on their feet dancing and singing along!! Though for some it was their first taste of The Deadfields, I am sure many will come back for seconds!
Frontman Geoff Reid says his early influences were bands like INXS & Pearl Jam and if he could share the stage with anyone it would be Eddie Vedder. When I ask what he hoped the future held for The Deadfields, his response was, “To sustain a livelihood to support our families.”
Chase Alger, the Head Banging Bassman, said the first MUSIC he purchased was Appetite for Destruction by Guns and Roses. When asked who he would love to jam with, dead or alive, his response was Kurt Cobain or Dave Grohl.
Corey Chapman plays pedal steel, dobro, and banjo. He tells us an early influence of his was Ricky Scaggs and would love to play with Vince Gil. Corey hopes the current path of the group will continue and they can keep making recordings the fans will want to hear.
Then we have Jeff Gardner on Guitar & Mandolin. Jeff has been described as a guitar prodigy and is a big Rod Stewart fan with ‘Maggie May‘ being his favorite song. His first MUSIC purchased was Motley Crue and would have loved to jam with Jimi Hendrix.
Brandon Markert is a percussionist extraordinaire! Brandon’s influences come from bands Like Nirvana & would love to “Bang it With Levon Helm!!”
Part of Brandon’s drum kit for the night was an American Tourister Suitcase . . . super cool!!
Their early influences certainly come through in their style of Americana/Roots/Folk Rock’
I was asked by someone if I was a fan and of course I said, “yes!” I asked what brought him to the show and this is his story:
Rob Riggs said he was driving through Ashville with his girlfriend and searched Carolina on Spotify and The Deadfields’ song “Carolina Backroads” came up first in the search and Rob was hooked..This show was his first chance to catch them live!
That is how you show your support for a band . . . GET OUT AND HEAR THEM LIVE!!
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Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Lilypad
Jonah Parzen-Johnson has an innate ability to make the baritone sax sound like bagpipes, and maybe that’s why I cried.
Mostly I cried because Jonah tells radiant stories with his saxophone and analog synth, working the brass and pedals to recreate the framework which surrounds his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow: Parzen-Johnson wanted to make “something of myself that’s for everybody else.”
Jonah opened his set with “Stay There, I’ll Come to You,” showcasing the harmony between synth and sax right off the bat. With haunting lilts, the two combined into a ribbon of melody, pulsating inside the ear as well as the heart. Much like the song’s title, Jonah was the one approaching the audience as an experimental troubadour of tête-à-tête.
The back stories and thoughts behind each song tied in so well with the raw, almost throaty sax, developing such strong, emotional resonance with the musical layers. The skeleton shook.
Speedy Ortiz “riiiiise above and gliiiiiide away” at The Sinclair
The Sinclair was a packed house Wednesday night for the Speedy Ortiz CD release party; as a hometown gig for the Northampton, MA-based band, kinetic warmth buzzed through friends and fans alike as Sadie Dupuis and crew played their freshly-release Foil Deer track-by-track.
What’s a party without some guests, though? That’s where Krill and Mitski come in.
Krill kicked off the night with some tracks from A Distant Fist Unclenching, other goods from Lucky Leaves. Lead singer/bassist Jonah Furman brought to mind early (read: good) Billy Corgan, which I’m not sure he will appreciate. But I think he’ll appreciate this: I couldn’t stop laughing because then I kept thinking about Marilyn Manson telling Billy Corgan that he looked like Charlie Brown.
Opening with “Theme from Krill,” the Boston trio has a knack for rhythm and melody that burrows into your brain. The dreamy bleakness of “Purity of Heart.” The discordant garage rock and hiccupping guitar and warbly Scooter-ness of “Foot.” Krill’s sound is a good, comfy noise that keeps you wiggling and all that good stuff. Be sure to catch the band at Boston Calling.
Years & Years at Royale Boston
During winter storm Juno, UK electro pop group Years & Years were forced to cancel the first show of their two-night stint in New York City back in January. After the snow finally melted, they made the rounds again this past March, playing several shows in California, South by Southwest before finally landing in Boston.
Due to popular demand, the show was moved from The Sinclair to the Royale in downtown’s Theater District.
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