People who know me know that after 20 years in the music industry as a live and recording engineer I was pretty fed up with the bidnez. Going out to see live music is a busman's holiday for me. If I go out it's to see friends play, and it's more about the social aspect than about the music. But I caught an act the other night that reminded me of why I've always loved music.
When I worked at the China Club I had an unofficial deal with a label as an A&R scout on spec. If I saw a band I thought they should sign, and they signed them, I'd get points on the album. In 2 years I recommended 3 bands. They didn't sign them, I didn't get the points. I think these guys would have made the cut.
I was trying to think of a description of this band, sorta like ... no, that's not quite right, they're more like ... umm, no, they sound kinda like ... I've got it, they sound like the Jenn Cristy Band!
She's a powerful singer and pianist with great stage presence. The 22 yr old guitar player has subtlety and a pedal board out of the 80's and knows how and when to use it. The bass player is so freaking solid and appropriate you take for granted he's there because the foundation is so tight. In some ways the drummer makes the band, not flashy, but great work on the high hat, side stick and toms, and a solid kick sound that, even before it's miked, thumps your chest.
The 4 of them have big, big sound. If the world was right they might be giants.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Jenn Cristy Band!
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Cross posted at VidiotSpeak