Dec. 07, 2011 - Issue #842: Hroses
The Living Daylights
Sat, Dec 10 | Brixx Bar & Grill
Collage, the title local folk band the Living Daylights has given its full-length debut, seems a perfect summary of the band's piecemeal approach to making music.
Originally a simpler, acoustic duo—co-founded by Kimberley MacGregor and Reuben Anderson—the band now bolsters its main sound with drums and saxophone, and continues to add in instruments and friends wherever it can fit them in. (Full disclosure: the saxophonist in question is Vue's distribution manager, Mike Garth.) In an email exchange with both MacGregor and Anderson, though, the two note that expanding their sound had been the plan from the start.
"Reuben and I had a clear picture from the beginning that we wanted to play a variety of music with a variety of musicians," explains MacGregor. "We loved the idea of a collective, and wanted to play with different sounds and instrumentation."
"I'm not sure I feel we have a rigidly defined personal sound, even now. I really want to continue to experiment with new sounds," adds Anderson.
For the album, that means a mix of covers and originals, the band's core four seeing backing from banjos, ukuleles, fiddles, harmonicas and what MacGregor notes as a "a sassy washboard," (many of which are likely to join the band onstage at their release party). The eclectic mix of sounds is getting an like-minded treatment in its artwork.
"The title is also inspired by Holly Raubenheimer's original artwork, which is why we asked her to design the cover artwork. Originally Reuben and I were drawn to a piece with a train and one with a grain elevator, but when I saw her collage pieces, we all agreed it fit," says MacGregor. "Collage is neutral in genre to the many pieces of art that make it up. Also, every step of making the record included friends of ours generously volunteering their talents and time and that became part of the collage. It frankly wouldn't exist any other way."
Sat, Dec 10 (9 pm)
With Nadine Kellman & Brian Gregg
Brixx Bar & Grill, $10
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