What’s Left: 230 Days. 67 Bands.
Band #33: Lower Dens
When/Where: January 12th, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Expectations: I’ve really liked their music lately. I don’t see this being a very upbeat show, but rather a moving and emotional show.
Concert: When Lower Dens hit the stage, my immediate reaction was “you know, some bands just look cool – this is one of them. Moustaches, funky haircuts, it’s all subtle swag. Cool.” They were off to a good start. The music immediately filled the room. I was right, it wasn’t upbeat, but it was moving. I could feel the slower music seeping into my pores. Lead singer Jana Hunter is as has this uncanny ability to barely open her mouth while letting out an incredibly full sound. It reminds me a bit of the lead singer of Beach House, Victoria Legrand. Hunter’s pitch range is outstanding, and really her voice is a force that comes barreling out at you when you least expect it.
The band consisted of three electric guitars and a drumset. My main disappointment in the show was that there wasn’t much of a performance. I’m alright with the show being mainly about the music, but for the people who come to see an act, it can be a bit of a let down when the band has very little interaction with the crowd and even amongst themselves. Sure, as the show went on, the music livened up a little bit, but I still never saw a spark ignite among the band members that sent any message of them being excited to be on stage.
I’d prefer not to end on a pessimistic note, though, because I really did enjoy the show from a music perspective. Their sound has a vibe to it; they certainly got everybody in the venue nodding their heads. It’s a beautiful sound that isn’t to be missed, but I think they could definitely add some more emotion in regards to performing for a crowd.
Concert Afterglow: Emotionally, I feel their music. It’s great to hear live. Personally, though, the performance left a lot to be desired.
Recommendation: This is sort of based on personal preference. If you like seeing a lively performance, this may not be the band for you to see. BUT, if you like quality music that fills a room and can rattle your soul, they’re certainly a band to see and get to hear live.