Friday, July 27, 2007
an overdue nod to the Great Lakes Swimmers
about a month ago, i had the great fortune to see the Great Lakes Swimmers perform in a very tiny bar/club here in Madison. i've quite enjoyed their previous 2 albums, and their latest, Ongiara, is no disappointment. their music is quiet and understated, with winding lyrics and a country/folk influence, but there's still something modern and polished. they remind me a little of one of tony's favourites, pinetop seven.
what i didn't know is how amazing they would be live. while their performance was pretty true to their albums, hearing the songs live in a small, intimate venue made them so powerful and moving that i couldn't bear to have it end. again i must praise madison for being small enough to have such great bands play such small venues; something i'm sure to miss dearly when i eventually leave.
a great review of the show (and a few downloadable extras) is available from local Madison music blogger Muzzle of Bees. i highly encourage you to check them out, especially their song "various stages", which can be heard on their myspace page.