Saturday, July 25, 2009

Review & Photos : Castanets and Tiny Vipers @ Mohawk

Having seen a multitude of live shows in the past few years, it has become very apparent that some bands are better live than they are on record (this also applies for the other way around). That may be the case with Castanets. Ray Raposa is a good song writer, but sometimes those songs don't translate as well as they should on record. That being said, when he's on, he's on, and he's pretty on in the live setting. Raposa took some liberties with his back catalogue, changing up arrangements and adding subtle nuances to give the songs a more unique aspect for the live setting.

Tiny Vipers (aka Jesy Fortino) opened with some of the best song writing I have heard in a while. The songs were lengthy and seemed like they never ended. In fact, it was hard to tell when one song stopped and another song began, but the set was beautifully woven together with these meandering, effortless compositions. It was hard to believe that she was able to accomplish all of this, what most bands try so hard to get at, all by herself, but she was doing it very well.

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