Review: The Staves, The Bodega, by Nick Parkhouse
OCCASIONALLY, standing in the audience at a gig, you realise that it's the last time that you will see an artist at such close quarters.
This was certainly true in the case of the Staves, with the Bodega packed to the rafters for the last night of the sisters' 2012 headline tour.
The trio have come a long way since their last appearance in the city, at the Navigation Inn last December.
The set was dominated by tracks from their terrific debut album, Dead and Born and Grown, and it was refreshing to see a group relying on nothing more than their own talent. Indeed, I overheard the line "you know when you see a drummer in a jumper that he's not going to do much", correctly identifying how little the three sisters need aside from their own voices and acoustic guitar.
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As ever, it is the beautiful harmonies that really stood out. From the stunning opener, The Motherlode, to the beautiful Winter Trees, the packed house stood in rapt admiration for the amazing songwriting talent of 2012's best new band.