ICELAND AIRWAVES DAY TWO (11/06): GEISLAR, THE TOWN HEROES, RACHEL SERMANNIE (REVIEW)

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Geisler

Being one of the biggest bands I’ve ever seen, including an entire string quartet, bass player, three singers, a piano player and a drummer, Geisler put on an amazing show as it was only their third show ever put on. Being an upcoming band they engaged the audience just perfectly.

The two main female vocalists had a fantastic harmony. Creating a Adele-meshed-with-Frank-Sinatra feeling. Geisler had a third singer joining them who was also playing the keyboard. Honestly, the pianist didn’t fit. It’s one thing when the piano fits the positive space but it was definitely a negative sound. He hit the bass notes that were missing, but Geisler could have done without him.

With a very small audience for the venue size, half the audience was sitting down against the wall and the other half was sitting upfront, the audience was very engaged. it really felt moving especially when the two female vocalists were singing.

Overall it felt like a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert. There was a lot of respect for the bands performance, as it felt like I needed to hold in a cough or else the whole audience would stare including the band.

The Town Heroes:

The vocals had a really good vibrato. For having only two people in the band, it felt and sounded like there was a full band.

The lead singer who was also playing the lead guitar, had his guitar plugged into a pedal that acted as a splitter, connecting his guitar to a bass and guitar amp, making it sound as if there were a bass guitarist and a lead electric guitarist playing at the same time.

With so much talent within The Town Heroes; being only a two member band, they should have added a bass guitar and rhythmist, and it would have brought the band a level higher. The band really involved the audience, as they were clapping to the beat and singing along.

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Rachel Sermanni:

Sermanni’s voice is something that could haunt your dreams at night, but it also had somewhat of a serenity to it. The band had a coffee house feeling: One could walk into mom and pop coffee house, listen to Sermanni and be one with themselves.

Rachel Sermanni held a dark tone, tons of minor chords plus a vivid enchanting voice, creating a indie sound with a folk influence. Sermanni’s upper register is outstanding. It really engaged the audience bringing them closer and closer to the stage. When sitting in the audience there was little talking, but once Sermanni started picking at the guitar there was dead silence and all one was able to hear was the warmth of the guitar and the vibration from the bass notes coming from the keyboard.

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