September 15, 2009
Live Review: Margaret Glaspy | Daisy May and Seth Bernard | The Tales
Aug. 13, 2009
For anyone on the search for up-and-coming talent, the Aug. 13 show at Gallery 263 was a goldmine. The small venue allowed for an intimate show while rain fell just outside.
The Tales started the night with some feel-good rock, reflecting on past loves and life with three-part harmonies and classic guitar sounds over the rhythms of surf and soul. The band shows a knack for songwriting in the vein of The Beatles, letting songs tell their stories without clutter. Lead singer Andrew Burri sung with conviction, backed by drummer Machael Haziza and lead guitarist David Brandwine, both of whom sung several songs. Grooving steady, bassist Taylor Shell let his shoulders keep the tempo. Contained in such a small place, they swayed the crowd with charisma, letting their melodies flow over the art and into the assembled crowd.
The pace slowed as Michigan natives Daisy May and Seth Bernard took center stage, singing tales of life in America's heartland. Between songs they told the crowd the stories behind songs as they re-tuned their instruments. Seth Bernard's guitar was from the '20s, and he explained that they both played older instruments that, though requiring more upkeep, came with a history that shin through in the music. Daisy's voice followed the hilly roads of their travels, adding heart and soul into their all acoustic set.
Taking a jazzier turn, Margaret Glaspy serenaded the crowd with a smoky voice drifting somewhere between Regina Spektor and Kate Nash. The music – jazz turned Americana complete with a banjo played by Ben Krakafur – was tight, and fit complex grooves unexpectedly under the nylon guitar strumming Margaret laid behind her voice. Vishal Nayak and Josh Hari blended drums and bass into a single force that carried the room until the end of the night.
-Review and photo by Garrett Frierson