|Sons & Daughters/Autolux
October 26, 2004 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
|review by Ashley Graham|
|The lights go down, Autolux takes the stage, and when they become visible it is by strings of hundreds of miniature white lights. When the light tech tries to give a spotlight, lead singer Eugene Goreshter is quick to say "Can you drop that? We'll keep with these." The setting is in place and Autolux's music provides the perfect accompaniment. Instead of hearing the individual pieces of this band; the drums, guitar, bass, and vocals, Autolux seems to create one sound, no instrument dominates but all are readily present.
When drummer Carla Azar steps out to sing a couple of tracks, her vocals turn the band in a different direction, effortlessly. Autolux communicates verbally little to the audience but even less with one another which makes their cohesion all the more admirable. Their opening set is an original contribution to the night's varying musical genres and is an enjoyable start.
Glasgow, Scotland's Sons & Daughters come out and offer something totally different. With a unique blend of rock, folk, pop and probably a million different influences, they embark into a set of fun and energetic tracks. They say little and play a lot.
Singer Adele Bethel, who also covers guitar, piano and tambourine, plays frontwoman, constantly alternating instruments from one song to the next and setting the precedent for excitement. Ailidh Lennon, who mans both bass and mandolin, sticks close to her original position but smiles often. Drummer David Gow flails his arms with the joy of playing for the first time and singer/guitarist Scott Paterson, who also covers tambourine and bass, remains fairly stoic, intense look on his face. Singer Adele keeps the beat constantly moving and her change in position to the keyboard midway through the set provides one of the highlights of their set, her singing nearly back-to-back with Scott on their standout track "Johnny Cash."
Sons & Daughters play a lively and animated live show in a night of good company. They play a great set of great songs in an equally great night of performances.