Saturday, 14 January 2012

GUEST SPOT # 30 - Widowspeak - 'In The Pines'

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Widowspeak - 'In The Pines' (2011)

Is your New Year's Resolution to go to more live gigs? Well Emma, 'our girl in the field' gig review officiando will tell you what you are missing!

Widowspeak at Zigrid Von Underbelly Hoxton 29.11.11

In the bowels of the eclectic Zigfrid Von Underbelly I discovered the Brooklyn indie band Widowspeak, I had only heard their cover of Chris Issac’s Wicked Game before this chance encounter in Hoxton.

Their style although described as indie reminds me of soft California, beaches and road trips. It’s the kind stuff you might imagine in a really cool independent flick and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Ambient and transient vocals blended with American 60s nostalgia tends to woo me and I was pleasantly surprised with their live performance.

With such a sombre introduction it’s often difficult to hold an audience but Widowspeak managed to do just that. There wasn’t much interaction with the audience but that was okay, we happily stood there taking in the sound. ZVU isn’t the easiest venue but the sound engineer was spot on and after they managed to get in one last song at the spectators’ requests I was left relaxed and content.

I’d definitely catch them again and I think they are one to watch.
And I like them, no frills speak volumes in this day and age.
They suit their style and the do it very well.
Not for lovers of a heavy sound, but more for the dreamers and thinkers.

Just hangin'

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GUEST SPOT # 30 - Widowspeak - 'In The Pines'
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14 January 2012 at 12:34

I like this Emma....I can hear a bit of the Velvets in there...will defintely be keeping an ear on them

14 January 2012 at 16:22

Love this track and listened to their version of Wicked Game too. Two out of two! Nice to hear something chilled out with a bit of rock in there too. Looking forward to going to another gig myself soon so hopefully we can catch up! Thanks again Miss B!

14 January 2012 at 17:18

I really like this also Emma. Ambient, shoegazing, laid back - i'll be checking out more of them for sure!