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Capsule Review: WIDOWSPEAK @ The Garrison (NXNE 2012)

July 26, 2012

WIDOWSPEAK hit The Garrison stage to a fairly busy house – one that predominantly seemed to be there specifically to catch their set, which is impressive.

The Brooklyn-based four-piece excel at a soft, lazy style of rock – it’s a little reminiscent of BEST COAST, although a little more toned down. The music was decent, and there were some spots that certainly shone brighter than others; my main issue with this act though is that they were fairly boring.

It’s unfortunate, but most of their set was just not interesting enough to command attention. It also didn’t help that their front-woman sang so softly as to be barely audible the entire time they were performing. There were a few points where the band seemed to wake themselves up and make things a little hotter, and these were undoubtedly the best moments of their set.

Now, it’s not that WIDOWSPEAK weren’t good – they certainly fill a musical niche that occasionally needs filling – but it wasn’t fascinating stuff. Put it this way: there were a lot of conversations going on in the crowd.

The problem is that the music just doesn’t lend itself to high levels of excitement so it’s difficult to be passionate about it. However, by the end of the set I found myself liking them more than at the beginning, so if you’re looking for low-energy dream sludge then WIDOWSPEAK may satisfy that craving.

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About The Author
Shawn Burgess is a self-described music fanatic who is always on the hunt for new music. You have a recommendation? Tell him. Like, right now. Starting a low-fi post-ambient symphonic metal-folk cover band? Cool, see you at the show. A heavy local music promoter, Shawn is also on both sides of the scene as the drummer for Toronto act Fade Chromatic.
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