Simmering harmonies glided through a room transfixed on the three sisters before them. From utter silence to applause and untidy jokes, The Staves relished amongst the calm atmosphere created by The Platform and didn’t shy away from its intimacy.
Laughing at the untimely heckles from odd crowd members, and questioning the logic as to what many of those were even shouting about, their talent to immerse themselves completely into their music meant those with a distracting edge didn’t hamper their performance.
Folk sounding guitar melodies and perky drum beats showed a more active sound to the The Staves, with streaks of the violin seeping in from their accompanying band. Left solely on their own the trio capitalised on their harmonious singing, layering sounds and wistful vocals upon acoustic strums and delicate melodies. Surpassing the expectations of those who had been led up the stairs from the bar below, it seemed as though the majority of the crowd were more than familiar with The Staves, with even Emily describing how it was a pleasure to be playing amongst their own fans once more. ‘Mexico’ even saw some of the audience sing and mime along to the soft glimmering tune:
Carry me home on your shoulders
Lower me on to my bed
Show me the night that I dreamed about before
Material from If I Was leant more on acoustic sounds and brought vocals directly to the forefront of their music, whilst earlier elements of folk rock stuck out amongst 2012’s debut Dead & Born & Grown. Covering Bombay Bicycle Clubs ‘Feel’ the jangly and infectious beats didn’t throw them off balance and given this acoustic twist, the song’s lyrics were emphasised.
Our love was long so long
And then forgotten like an old song
You said your life went on
But I always knew I always knew you’d come
With their harmonic vocals and heavily acoustic sets, The Staves are somewhat limited when it comes to raising the volume. However covers such as ‘Feel’ inject some more vibrancy and liveliness, which they on occasions bring forward through their own material.
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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery | @jacob_flannery