I saw Montrealer Patrick Watson Saturday night at Toronto's Trinity St Paul's Church and was very impressed by the performance of the band with the assistance of a string section. The dynamics of the quartet's interactions with each other and the crowd lifted this night way out of the ordinary. Right alongside Patrick's soulful singing and trance-like playing were outstanding percussionist Robbie Kuster's muscular rhythms. This was a live performance that somehow exceeds the great new album that it is meant to showcase, Wooden Arms. Without a doubt this is a band to see live (along with Patrick and Robbie are bassist Mishka Stein and guitarist Simon Angell)... and pick up the damn record, now.
Thanks to Patrick and the band... and Andrew at Secret City Records.
Go here to see the band's upcoming tour dates.
My review of the album Wooden Arms is here.
Here's the band, live, from a couple of summers ago:
Patrick Watson Black Session 2007
weight of the world
man under the sea
GET new mp3s from Wooden Arms here and here.
This is an interview [mp3] done by CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi on his program Q, April 3rd, 2009. It includes live music done in studio.