The Daredevil Christopher Wright, 2/17 at Wholly Craft, Columbus, OH.
To say that the setting was intimate for The Daredevil Christopher Wright’s show Wednesday night would be a drastic understatement. But truth be told, Wholly Craft — with its sale cases of handmade jewelry and knick-knacks, bright green, pink and blue walls and generally welcoming aesthetic — was the perfect place for DCW’s unique blend of indie-pop, twee and folk stylings.
The drink of choice, both for the band and for those in attendance, was Pabst Blue Ribbon. PBR was on sale and otherwise it appeared the show was BYOB. At one point the owners of the store passed around a cardboard mail tube for the crowd to put whatever donation they could into the pot since Wednesday’s show was a free one.
The band began its set with the song that first drew me to their music, titled, oddly enough “The Daredevil Christopher Wright.” The Eau Claire, Wisconsin trio was in good spirits and interacted with the crowd throughout the show. I was taken in by much of their setlist, only half of which I recognized from repeated listens to In Deference to a Broken Back, their debut album that’s out now.
What was most impressive and particularly evident given the close quarters was that all three members of DCW can sing well. At times the harmonizing among lead vocalist Jon Sunde, his brother Jason Sunde and drummer Jesse Edgington was mesmerizing. Particularly on “War Stories,” which I learned from Jon’s description is about Elliott Smith, the vocals were just great.
A crowd of about 30 people were treated to about 45 minutes of a show that felt much like you were taking in a performance of your older brother’s band in your parents’ basement. You know, if your brother’s band was absolutely kickass and toured the country without fear of playing in quirky and adorable craft stores.
A sampling of DCW’s material is linked below. Hope you enjoy the photos and the songs. The show was nearly perfect.
Oh yeah, did I mention Justin Vernon of Bon Iver produced most of DCW’s debut record?
“The Daredevil Christopher Wright” By The Daredevil Christopher Wright (From In Deference to a Broken Back, out now on Amble Down)
“The East Coast” By The Daredevil Christopher Wright (From In Deference to a Broken Back, out now on Amble Down)
“War Stories” By The Daredevil Christopher Wright (From In Deference to a Broken Back, out now on Amble Down)
“A Near Death Experience At Sea” By The Daredevil Christopher Wright (From In Deference to a Broken Back, out now on Amble Down)