NXNE Day 2: The Cavaliers, Jane’s Party and The Details
Britton Allison, the female lead for The Cavaliers is quite possibly the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Her beauty is only exemplified by how musically talented she is. Her voice is what brought the crowd to the floor and held them in place for their entire set at The Boat on the Thursday night of NXNE; the prefect venue for their sound. Britton and Mich Verrier had consistent harmonies that carried throughout the entire duration of tunes (both vocally and within their riffs) that were exquisite. Their folk-rock sound had ketches and charisma, and was far beyond well-rehearsed, it was clear that they were very comfortable in their familiarity of each other.
From The Boat, I had to run down to The Drake Underground to catch Jane’s Party. I caught these guys at The Cameron House back in April (a show that The Take Media aided in putting together). However, the energy was extremely different this time around. Their experimentation with their tempos is a fantastic hook; fast strumming in a ballad combined with the beautiful twang of a hollow body guitar were great as well. Seriously, hook after hook after hook with these guys. The 70s, Costello style keys were nostalgic and gave them a bit of an edge. Everyone seemed to be able to play every instrument, and a couple of the guys would switch up for lead vocals – this created an extensive vocal range, which paralleled the widened guitar, sound. The audience was in love with them and was not afraid to say so. Everyone was dancing along. They demanded an encore, but sadly NXNE had a schedule to keep!
Yet again, it was time to switch venues, but thankfully I only had to go two doors down to The Ballroom at The Gladstone for The Details. It’s been a while since I’ve encountered a band that took a stab at writing tunes with story-telling lyrics. Songs about self-discovery, confidence, and perseverance. The Details are a prime example of what alternative rock is for our generation: nothing fancy, nothing too intricate just progressive riffs accented with a strong rhythm section and smartly placed fills. A predominant west coast influence gave these guys and gal a bit of an identity, which was tough yet homely (basically, they all looked like they could kick anyone’s ass, but still show affection to a puppy). The crowd was encouraging, though the space may not of necessarily been that welcoming to the band; meaning it was somewhat vast and blank. I would have loved to have seen this band at The Horseshoe.