When Al Spx, vocalist for doom-soul group Cold Specks, starts to sing at the Earl on Sunday, November 11 all the worries and noise of the city will dissipate into the beer-stained wood floors. It's a voice that quiets a room, making space for her words to carry over the backing band's perfectly sparse and pretty arrangements while the music moves, sways, and swells. The drummer clicks on the rims, exactly how I'd love to play the drums. The horns are always just right. Her tones, their sounds, all of it perfectly simple and extremely powerful: It will give you smiles, chills.
There's not too much info on Cold Specks floating around the Internet, which is surprisingly refreshing. There's a few wonderful videos posted on the group's website, and a ridiculously short bio on the Arts and Crafts website, but that's about it. Lots of fans gushing about her/them on blogs and Tumblrs but that just tells me that I'm not alone with the music seeping and creeping it's way into my brain (and, now, all of my roommate's brains as well).
This is Spx’s first band and the instruments banter with her voice like a perfect first date. Comfortable silences, and moments of happy conversation between the drums, strings, and horns, followed by stretches of emotional resonance and surprisingly deep connections. She easily tells stories and everyone gets carried away in the moment. It's getting cold outside, the leaves are changing and this is the music we should all be fall snuggling to. When the horns come in at the end of “Winter Solstice,” we'll all be in it together.
Billy Mitchell is a fella who, even after three years, still feels brand new to Georgia. He plays drums in the band Carnivores, and elsewhere around town - in basements, bars, fancy restaurants, and living room floors - and tries to experience all that Atlanta has to offer. He loves the friends he's met, the veggies he's grown, and the music he's played.
Thank you for the catch, Buttercup. Her name has been corrected.
These underground NY rappers need to take their sound back to NY...circa 1987!
um, her name is Hayley Williams, not Griffin.
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