Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jeff's Weekly Pick: 2:54, Widowspeak @ The Casbah Wednesday June 27, 2012

As someone who attends live music shows on a regular basis in San Diego, it is quite common to hear people (incl. yours truly) lamenting that this band or that artist has decided to not play our fair city. Granted, those comments seem to be less prevalent than in the past. One reason for the decline is the growing number of worthy venues and those responsible for booking these locales. The ability to maintain and even grow the number of quality touring bands making San Diego a regular tour stop is primarily based on the quantity of fans that attend shows. I mention this as a roundabout way of leading up to a show featuring two emerging bands slated to play the Casbah this Wednesday. Headlining is the British band 2:54, comprised of sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow along with a bass player and drummer. These siblings have been on the radar for almost a year now, with their eponymous album being released back in May. This is music of a dreamy nature, pulling the listener in and carrying him (or her) along for the ride. The songs are easy to like and and the band will surely translate this connection in the live setting. San Diego is the last stop of the current tour.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the opener, Widowspeak, a Brooklyn three piece also touring in support of a self titled album released last August. This music is much darker yet equally as captivating on the whole.

I cannot stress how vital it is to show support to bands on the path to bigger and better things. Filling the intimate space this Wednesday at the Casbah is truly the best way to do this. A satisfying sonic and visual experience awaits those who attend this show.

Watch a video of Scarlet below.

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