LIVE REVIEW- Twangy and heartfelt country music melds with a rough around the edges experimental folk rock approach in the live soulful songs of Hampton Roads three-piece band Sister Abigail. One can’t help but appreciate the longing voice of vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Ejijah Simmons. Often vocal harmonies from the entire band were centric during their set at Hook Up in Virginia Beach in early October. Their performance offered to onlookers cry in your beer style ballads that before lingering too long gave way to jangly foot tapping numbers. Mike Cann with his head often buried in his chest provided much of the backbone to the sings with driven, heavy-handed acoustic guitar work.The atmosphere and eccentric sounds came from Richard Perkins via his harmonica and feel based guitar work that exploited sound accentuation over intricate playing dexterity. Simmon’s forlorn voice, which had qualities of both Pete Yorn and Jarod Gorbel was undeniably the most compelling component in the band. As the three piece continue to develop their sound should they choose to coalesce around the arresting endowment of Simmons it could make for must see shows.-review by Fitz
SONG REVIEW- With a string of Sound- Cloud uploads, images of Victorian doctors and lettering somewhere between black and death metal, Sister Abigail creates fucked up country folk with a punk sensibility. The group consists of members Elijah Simmons, of the Portsmouth Psych- Rock project KVLTKRAFT, Mike Cann, of Folk City Tattoo, and Richard Perkins, photographer/ artist at Parachute Full of Forks, who’s worked with VA legends like DMP, Eternal Summers, and LILINTERNET and has been featured in Bullet and Vice. On “Darlin Oh Darlin,” the trio create a folky bar ballad something like The Tallest Man on Earth or earlier Okkervil River releases. Who knows maybe a year from now these guys’ll be the next Last Bison?- review by Rob Arcand
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December 16, 2014
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