Jesse & the Dandelions with Sarah Jickling & Her Good Bad Luck and Adam Briscoe
Show @ the Railway Club - Vancouver
October 8, 2014
Sarah Jickling & Her Good Bad Luck
Sarah Jickling & Her Good Bad Luck opened the intimate back-room stage at the Railway Club with jarring, repeating piano chords and old school Feist vocality, complimenting the small viewing area with basement-recording tonality. With gospel tone creeping into songs about religion, being a crazy ex-girlfriend or on the subject of girl power, the group of two creates a unique vintage tone with minimal instrumentation. Sarah's songs were touching, catchy, and at times quite hilarious with thematic explanations like, "This song is about the decision to become a musician, which is actually a very terrible decision." Though audiences tend to find it difficult to accept the iPad as a musical instrument, it suited the performance well, making it a catchy mix of acoustic and electronic.
Adam Briscoe took to the stage with a cover of Passenger’s Holes, bursting with high energy guitar creating a solid, potent rhythm. A country-folk growl lights up the microphone, showing impressive dynamic range and diversity of intensity. Small town teen angst is expressed so lyrically with Back in May, made consistently interesting with Briscoe’s self taught, dynamic guitar. Showing complete grace and comfort on the stage, he stayed in tune with the audience, matching their energy with his own. Belting out another original entitled Let It Go, it is clear to me that I would gladly sell my soul for his superior voice. With a wonderful understanding of dynamic range, Briscoe keeps listeners entranced through each chord change. Covering The Lion, The Bear and The Fox’s Home with his unique and emotional vocality before working into energetic rhythm with a Beatles inspired I Say You Say, it is difficult for one’s ears to be anything but enamored with the divinity of Briscoe’s voice. Following up with a cover of You’ve Got What I Need by Joshua Radin, Briscoe shows just how full a voice and a guitar can sound, creating rhythm and melody intricately, before going in to the beautifully written Something Here. Once you are hooked, there is no recourse - might as well consider him an indie-folk heartthrob. Ending his set with Drunk by Ed Sheeran left us full of dancing energy for the headliner.
Jesse & The Dandelions
Jesse & The Dandelions finished off the night with smooth, surfy 50’s rock and roll tone. With washed out vocals and slow grooving beats, the group gave us a slow dance with distortion and dynamism with Looking at the Sun and Break Me, before exploding with bass in If You’ve Got The Moves, making for very danceable tunes. Funky bass guitar and a beat to match, No Fun rolls into rocking rhythm and smooth trance like melodies. Sounding similar to groups like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jesse & The Dandelions provide listeners with delay heavy guitar and slow, solid beats bursts into a washed out, ethereal tone with True Blue. Lightning Bolt followed, with echoing vocals and an explosive chorus that is truly amp shaking. Ending with Sure Thing, a tune that takes instrumental effects to a deeper level, it is clear the group is superbly connected to each other rhythmically and musically. From the headliners, we expected a crisp and powerful finale that was unfortunately quite muddled, leaving us desiring at least one more satisfying song - Which, to be honest, may have been exactly how they wanted to leave us: Wanting more.