Wavelength 349: Entire Cities & We Take Lovers -- REVIEW
The Wavelength before the mid-February classic of independent music (ie. The Wavelength Anniversary), was #349 on the growing list. On Sunday, new pop/folk rock collaborative We Take Lovers played the Sneaky Dee's stage alongside the soon-to-be-hoisted-on-their-shoulders punk/psych-country band Entire Cities
We Take Lovers covered the entire stage with many familiar faces from the music community. Using melodicas, glockenspiels, keys, the basics, fantastic drumming, and a whole bunch of vocals, We Take Lovers had immediately grabbed everyone's attention. Songs like 'Armies' took a slow pace for people to enjoy, but other songs like 'The Contract' demonstrated the band's ability to play at different levels and entertain very well. I WAS waiting for a trumpet to kick in on one of their songs. Or was their one? Regardless, We Take Lovers are NOT offensive. It's tough to see anyone being turned off by their sound.
Entire Cities had formed a convoy from The Embassy (223 Augusta) during the Band Photo Show which was happening earlier in the evening. They lit sparklers and led people in the skin-burning cold down the street and over to Wavelength in what they hoped would be a magical night - and it was. After We Take Lovers performed, Entire Cities took the stage, evaluated the audience and said that the crowd amongst them was the largest they had ever played for. To break the nervousness, they opted to laugh as hard as they could to get the jitters out. It seemed to work because after that, Entire Cities were unstoppable. The band has country elements noticeable in the vocals, the guitar, the violin, and the banjo. The band also has psych elements clearly noticeable from the high-tempo spurts, the unison foot-stomping and screaming, and the occasional push 'n shove to rile up everyone. However, when Entire Cities exhibit their loud and aggressive side, they also have a quiet and powerful side. Songs like 'Waiting' and 'Coffee' are fantastic when evening out a set between loud and quiet. Oh, and if you like flutes, this band utilizes the sound of the flute very well: angelic with psych-punk. That's a sweet combination.
Keep an eye out for the Wavelength Anniversary coming up this weekend!
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