Lost In The Trees
4/16/14, The High Watt
Talking with a friend, I hardly noticed as Chapel Hill, NC natives Lost In The Trees took the stage at The High Watt in Nashville. However, as the band began their set, a haunting and almost ominous melody began to flood the room which immediately silenced my chatter.
The quintet’s Nashville show was the second day of a headlining tour in support of their new record, Past Life, and the band chose to kick off the set in the same way they did the album, with the song “Excos”. From there, the rest of their fourteen song set continued with a heavy focus on Past Life and a small sprinkling of songs from older releases. Highlights included the song which shares the album’s name, “Past Life,” the more drum-centric “Wake”, and my personal favorite for the evening, “Daunting Friend”.
Interview - Run River North
4/10/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: Run River North is about to head out on tour through the month of April. During this, one of your stops will be in Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley. Is this your first time playing in Nashville? What are you looking forward to doing/seeing while you’re in town?
Alex: This will be our first time as Run River North, but we actually performed at Mercy Lounge two years ago as Monsters Calling Home - opening for Anberlin and Mychal of Campfire OK. We actually love finding different eats at each city we visit - Arnold’s has been one of our favorites.
C: What should audience members who will be seeing you for the first time know before attending a Run River North live show? Anything special they should expect?
A: Audience members should expect a focused and dynamic show. The band and crew of the Goo Goo Dolls have been incredibly gracious to let us use their in-ear transmitters and it has allowed us to really hone our live show. Also, even as an acoustic act, we’ve been able to bring the dynamics of our debut album in big ways. Expect to also see us make different appearance elsewhere in the set!
3/19/14, The High Watt
The very first thing I noticed about up and coming indie pop rockers The Colourist was their stage set up. It was quite different from most shows I’ve been to lately; the drum kit was up front, the keyboard facing the wall at stage right, all in front of a simple glowing sign with the band’s name and lit palm trees as a back drop. It was all very interesting, but it proved its purpose once the four Californians took the stage to fill our Southern ears with summery indie pop at the High Watt.
Prior to this night, I had no idea that vocalist Maya Tuttle was also the drummer for The Colourist, so I was immediately impressed once they kicked off the set with one of their older tunes, “Bickering”. Maya is definitely not a girl who belongs hidden back behind drums, but front and center, as she commanded attention and exuded some sort of crazy energy that I’ve never witnessed before. Don’t underestimate the rest of the guys, though. Vocalist Adam Castilla performed with amazing control, sustaining those fun harmonies that give The Colourist their signature sound. And I could never quite keep up with Justin Wagner and Kollin Johannsen as they were jumping from one side of the stage to the other, taking turns on guitar, bass, and keys to round out the group in a fantastic way.
3/18/14, Mercy Lounge
On the first night of their tour with Tuareg rock n’ rollers Tinariwen, The Melodic showed Nashville audiences exactly who they were as they showcased their afro-folk tunes to the Mercy Lounge’s diverse crowd.
Taking the stage, the quintet from London laid down a delicate sound that pulled from worldly influences as they began with “On My Way”, a song that thrives on its use of the melodica. Continuing with “Hold On”, the song’s plucky charango was only further emphasized with the addition of player Rudi Schmidt’s dancing. Honestly, I truly appreciated Schmidt’s wiggle-dance throughout the band’s entire set - It popped up here and there in various songs, when the beat allowed, and was one of the more adorable things I’d seen all week.