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Bow down to the Bowerbirds, May 1 @ Il Motore

Posted by Paloma / May 3, 2009

20090503bowerbirds.jpgIf you were stranded on a desert island with only a Walkman, a hand crank-powered battery charger, and only one CD (this shipwreck has happened pre-iPod, circa 1998), what would you choose listen to, assuming this misfortune gave you a choice? Sitting on the floor of Il Motore last Friday evening, rocking to the timeless folk singing of Bowerbirds, I thought this band might be my musical salvation to desolation.

20090503_bowerbirds.jpgSince their last Montreal show in August, when they opened for Bon Iver's set of equally spine-tingling, thirst-quenching acoustic folk-rock, they've become fuller and tighter, and just as beautifully, nostalgically soft. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine myself swaying to the violin's vibrato in a hammock hand-crafted from palm fronds, reassured by the lead singer's pitch perfect voice that my rescue helicopter was not far off.

Openers La Strada and Immaculate Machine did not disappoint either. Based in Brooklyn, La Strada sounds like an old world Shins-Stokes hybrid. Their last song of the set, "Baptism," was nearly vaudevillian. The six-piece gave it their all -- the vein on the lead singer/accordion player's hand looked near bursting.

Immaculate Machine were a little less consistent. They were originally supposed to play Club Lambi, but some last minute re-jigging had them squeeze in between Bowerbirds and La Strada. Their keyboardist Kathryn was off because of a family illness, so bassist Caitlin Gallupe, who also does the band's art, filled in on backup vocals, somewhat unsteadily. Their west coast power pop alternated between charging (especially "Thank Me Later") and limp.

As fortune would have it, Sarah, a fellow poutiner, was also covering the show and snapping some pics. She had this to say about it:

"I was very impressed by Bowerbird's performance. They sounded as great live as they did on the record and their live show was a delightful experience. Their style is mellow and their more upbeat songs have some gypsy-like flavours. The leader's excellent classical guitar playing and voice are supported by the beautiful backup vocals and accordion (sometimes keys) of their other permanent member. The two other members appear to be playing with them for the tour only (though I can't confirm that as a fact). The audience were lucky enough to hear songs from their upcoming record, which is to be released on July 7th, as well as songs from Hymns for a Dark Horse. Altogether it was an excellent performance by a band I had been looking forward to seeing live for a while now. I'm looking forward to seeing them again when they come back after the launch of their new record."

Photos by sarahbrideau.com

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Raymond Easey / February 15, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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Shakil / February 3, 2015 at 11:32 pm
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– dieses Gef hl stlelt sich unisono bei den Kritikern ein, die ber die Bowerbirds aus Raleigh/North Carolina schreiben. Komisch, ich empfinde das eigentlich als eine
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