The Staves at The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK – 4th February 2015

Posted by Bianca on Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 Under Folk, Rock

Gig Review and Photography by Fran Prince

The Staves

Stepping into the tight but intimate venue of the Rescue Rooms, The Staves were welcomed wonderfully by the audience with a sold out start to their tour. Ecstatic to be back, they tell us the Rescue rooms was the first gig they ever played (back when they were a support act).

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The trio of beautiful sisters began blissfully each with an instrument to hand, mixing decks, steel type drums, a ukulele and acoustic guitar. Both myself and the audience were instantly captivated with their third song ‘Mexico’ one of their most prominent songs, and soon to follow ‘Wisely and Slow’ a gorgeous track with an upbeat ending from album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’.

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‘Don’t you call me anymore’ launches us into their brand new album ‘If I was’ (out February 2nd 2015) and changes the atmosphere of the venue, a deep blue washes the stage and lets us drift into the soft and charming vocals once again. Noticeable was the peaceful atmosphere across the audience, with barely a sound as they played, a testament to them, as this band simply makes you want to listen with all intensity. Between songs the audience applaud and woop these ladies until their hands are raw.

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These cutsey lasses refer to their songs as ‘New Shit’ and laughingly state it’s their ‘new album name’, this charming and humorous chit chat between songs makes the audience love them even more so and reminds us of their down to earth nature.  ‘Horizons’ and ‘Blood I Bled’ steps up the tempo of the new set, and a mixture of some red lighting, an addition of an electric guitar and drums, their fresh rock vibe is simply amazing.

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‘Black & White’ is a fantastically executed new song that has me seeing a new future for The Staves music, with a chilling rock styled backing to it and use of symbols; I’ve a feeling they are yet to gain a new set of fans with this style of music. We are also advised to watch the video for this track, for simply the crimped hair if nothing else!

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These ladies have wonderful variations in octaves and tempos to their songs and working both chorally and independently, their voices complement each other extraordinarily. The use of falling in and out of lyrics so perfectly is what grabs the audience’s attention throughout. With haunting numbers such as ‘Wisdom’ these talented ladies need no backing instruments to show us the power in their harmonies as they resemble Stevie Nicks with a theatrical undertone.

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The final song is ‘Teeth White’ another folk rocky number which leaves the audience wanting more. Thus the encore includes their older tracks ‘Facing West’ and ‘Winter Trees’.

The Staves

Discovering this unique and yet diverse band on Bon Iver’s tour in 2012, I was stunned by their flawless harmonies and spine tingling vocals. I can certainly say their acoustic folk style has developed even more so since then and if you’ve not yet listened to these ladies, then do so. I strongly recommend their latest album if you are a fan of acoustic & rock.

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