Showroom: Water Liars / Wood Ear / Wowolfol
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 Show Starts: 8:00 pm
This show has been moved to the Showroom!
Perhaps one of the greatest albums in Misra’s canon, Water Liars' debut was entirely unplanned. Recorded on a whim, with one microphone, the then unnamed rock band – consisting of St. Louis, MO songwriter, vocalist, guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Oxford, MS drummer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant – casually convened to play
Over the course of three days, in the small milltown of Pittsboro, MS, a series of ineffable and magical recordings came together. It was one of those seemingly providential experiences – far too remarkable to be denied. Water Liars was born.
Paste, Pop Matters, Daytrotter, KEXP, and more have all hailed Justin Kinkel-Schuster during his tenure fronting independent rock act Theodore. Some time back, Misra planned to work with Theodore and, assuming the songs were mere outtakes under a different moniker, the Water Liars demos initially got pushed to the back burner. Kinkel-Schuster pleasantly persisted, however, insisting the project was vastly different and must be heard.
Upon first listen, it was very clear that something truly remarkable really had occurred in the Phantom Limb sessions. Misra signed the band on the spot. Home to groundbreaking debuts by Shearwater, Great Lake Swimmers, and more, the label is excited to extend this tradition with Water Liars.
Wood Ear, the songwriting vehicle of Nate Tarr, seemingly vanished half a decade ago only to reemerge last month with an excellent second EP, the seven-song Steeple Vultures (streaming below). Momentum-stalling crises contributed to the delay — the most threatening being keyboardist (and Tarr’s wife) Krystal Black’s bout with cancer. But despite the turbulence — or because of it — the group seems to have ripened during the interim. Steeple Vultures fulfils the potential hinted at on 2007’s The Hard Way. Strewn with effortless hooks, poignant guitar work, and caramel vocals evocative of Jay Farrar, the EP’s a charred slab of indie-rock with wistful Southern flavoring.
Experimental folk from Dtown. Born in Baltimore. Raised in Bragtown. Fled Savannah. Got in trouble with the law in a graveyard near a porn shop. Cooled heels and started a Band. And Another. And Another. And Another.
In the Showroom
Doors @ 7:00 PM
Show @ 8:00 PM