The Fawns, Winterpills

The Fawns

Winterpills

Fri · May 4, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$8.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

The Fawns
The Fawns
About the new album, A Nice Place To Be

Buried in the recesses of each of our memories are images of wallflowers at those seventh and eighth grade dances. You know, one who is not wearing too much makeup or too revealing an outfit and considers it best to simply smile at her girlfriends’ comments, rather than giggle or guffaw.

The same could be said for “Friends,” the opening track of this album. In this age of media over-saturation, it’s refreshing to slip a disc into a stereo and not feel forced to be dazzled with glitzy production or self-consciously crafted big choruses, nor enticed with show-offy and/or sexy female vocals. Even when the plaintively sung “Friends” opens up for guitarist Henning Ohlenbusch to lay down a solo, the musician simply eases the listener into a feedback-rub, and we breathe a sigh of release just as singer Lesa Bezo does until the third verse arrives and she resumes her elegantly lovely ode to the simple value of companionship.

“Snow Day” follows, a charming, amiable pop gem that could grace a million play-lists. Our consciousness is now relaxed enough to admire our wallflower for her sweet nature and the only thing better than enjoying time with friends is the chance to play hooky from work with your sweetie, in order to “Curl up by the fireplace and watch a movie, something that we have seen too many times already so we can doze off and dream of days just like the one today.”
By the time the final track on the album fades out with a “la-la-la” chorus, supported by a nylon string guitar and melodica in waltz time, we’re happily enchanted and can slip this disc into the racks of our CD collections knowing that it’ll be there when we want to treat ourselves.

For its part, the spine winks back, with its playful font (fawnt?) nestling into a yellow and green background. These Fawns are bashful creatures but they are beautifully at peace with their surroundings and this musical world, with its gentle hummable melodies, strummy midtempo grooves, and sparkling pop gleam is simply “A Nice Place To Be.”
Winterpills
Winterpills
Winterpills are a harmony-based indie-pop band from Northampton, fronted by songwriter polymath Philip B. Price and partner Flora Reed. They've released 7 albums since forming in 2004. The Washington Post calls their music “densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning… fiendishly melodic." The New York Times Jon Pareles praised them for “elegant arrangements” of “songs that stay haunted.” MOJO magazine included their album "All My Lovely Goners" in their 2012 top 10 Americana list. Their most recent album, 2016's "Love Songs", was engineered and co-produced by wunderkind Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies, Lou Barlow). Paste Magazine called it "essential Winterpills."

“I don’t know why Winterpills aren’t one of the most cherished pop bands in the world: Their songs are mournful, slow-exploding and lyrically dazzling, and their albums have a coherence that’s rare.” – Jonathan Lethem, Rolling Stone, 2013.

Members:

Philip B. Price: vocals, guitar
Flora Reed: vocals, keyboards
Dennis Crommett: guitar, vocals
Dave Hower: drums
Max Germer: bass
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/