The Wooden Sky [Concert Review]
I rolled into the Horseshoe Tavern around 11:10 PM for The Wooden Sky's 11:30 PM set time. After catching up with my friend whose birthday it was, I went down to coat check and the bathrooms. At which point 5 dudes walked past me, 3 with flowing unkempt hair, and an overall aesthetic found in record shops you would find original Frank Zappa records in. My knowledge of Wooden Sky before this was limited but I sensed these were the guys. My senses were right. Back upstairs I was greeted with some last-minute tuning. It didn't take long before Wooden Sky plunged into their first song. Much to my delight Gavin Gardiner's voice was smooth, savoury country churned butter that most country singers can only dream of spreading across a venue. With every note, the T-Rex on his shirt started moving their big T-Rex feet and their swaying their tiny T-Rex arms.
Gardiner's voice complimented the rest of ensemble. The band seemed to speed up and slow down tempos much a like a DJ would, feeling the crowd and fuelling the already fully gassed crowd. The back up vocals pierced through creaminess, adding a welcomed edge on the hooks and chorus. Playing violin for the live show was Edwin Huizinga, whose footprints can be found on Mars Volta's 'The Bedlam in Goliath', Wooden Sky's latest two releases 'If I don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone' and 'Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun'. The latter of which was nominated for a Juno.