Monday, April 17, 2017

Live Shows: Sallie Ford and Molly Burch, Great Scott, Allston, MA 4/11/17

Photo via Facebook
This was my third time seeing Sallie Ford live in less than four years, and her third band I've seen her with. Interestingly enough, this was her first truly coed band (The Sound Outside had an all male line up and her first solo band was all female.) While the all female line up had a similar sound to The Sound Outside, her new band has a distinct sound of their own.

Considering Soul Sick is the only album with the new band, and it is the new album after all, the majority of the night's set list came from the new album. The crowd may have been sparse (it was a late night Tuesday show with a crowd of female hipsters in their 20s and middle aged men, after all), but they were completely into the new songs like "Loneliness is Power," "Failure," and "Get Out." The crowd seemed more into the older material, but I don't see that as a knock on her new songs. Soul Sick might be the best thing she's ever released, but songs about depression and anxiety aren't exactly good time party songs like her older songs can be. I'm not sure if she's consciously chose to do it or if it was a side effect of having a new band, but songs like "Shivers" and "I Swear" were reworked slightly. The only slight problem was the set length. For someone who has four albums and at least one EP under her belt, it seemed especially short, particularly since they didn't play an encore.

Playing second this night was Molly Burch, who has one of my absolute favorites of the year so far. Usually artists tend to be a little more rocking live, especially with a full band. Her modern, slightly folky take on 60s soul felt even more stripped down and raw live than it does on her album Please Be Mine. Even though she had a full band, including a drummer, somehow songs like "Downhearted" and "Try" seemed even more intimate, as if she was the only performer. She was a great choice for a tour mate for Sallie Ford, with her retro cool but not a throwback sound perfectly complemented Ford's without being too similar. Plus, songs like "Wrong for You" and "Torn to Pieces" helped keep the theme of the evening. Again, her set felt short, but with only a ten song album and an opening slot, that should be expected.

No comments:

Post a Comment