Aftermath: Wooden Birds at Walter's on Washington
As of late, there has been a swelling resurgence in the earthy tones and folk-carnie vibe of bands like The Band. One could blame the repeated airings of The Last Waltz on VH1 Classic, or maybe it's just that the style is too damned alluring for a group of musicians to not try to at least perfect for their own musical journey. We have them here in Houston, with folks like tonight's openers News On the March literally chiming their live shows away with vintage Helmsian shimmer.
Other Lives have somehow melded that woodland vibe with the pleading plinking of a Radiohead. The comparison is not a new one; the Stillwater, Oklahoma-based band has been hearing that from indie blogs the world over after their breakthrough dates at this years South by Southwest in Austin. We remember catching a snippet of them once or twice while we were lost in that musical maelstrom and now we are sad we didn't stop and breathe them in.
The Wooden Birds began their set while the smokers and drinkers were outside getting their bearings from Other Lives. This is Andrew Kenny's latest project away from American Analog Set. That band is currently on hold while Kenny and the rest of the group go off to pollinate elsewhere. The Birds don't fall far from the AmAnSet tree at all, in keeping with the foliage motif. Their debut Magnolia is a solid twelve-song stroll through Kenny's somber world.
After all the death and estrangement going on around town, it was nice to have these two bands help the collective there at Walter's to ease the comedown.