Capsule Review: THE SEEDY SEEDS @ The Painted Lady (NXNE 2012)
The awesomely-named THE SEEDY SEEDS don’t play in Toronto too often – they hail from Cincinnati, Ohio, so it’s a bit of a trek. However, I was introduced to them when they played NXNE last year and have been rabidly listening to their album Verb Noun ever since. When I saw they were back in town again for NXNE 2012, it was a must-see in my schedule.
THE SEEDY SEEDS’ music is a little difficult to put your finger on. It’s fun and whimsical, but also just really damn good. The band is a 3-piece consisting of drums, vocals and banjo – yes, banjo is a lead instrument for these guys. Accordion, alternating male/female vocals and good old wood blocks also feature prominently in the set.
Further bolstering their sound is an array of samples that seem like they were intentionally made to ride the border between cheesy and awesome. With such an interesting mix, the best in-the-box classification I could give for them is electro-indie-folk-pop. Think FREELANCE WHALES, but more playful. Give a listen below to see what I’m talking about.
As I previously encountered, their live show is just a lot of fun. Female front Margaret Weiner (tee hee) has some of the coolest dance moves out there and the band is adept at keeping the audience smiling.
The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the addition of their new drummer, who didn’t quite have the charisma and charm of their previous skin-man, Brian Penick. But regardless, it was a fun set and I’m glad I was able to catch them again. Here’s looking to NXNE 2013!