When: Thu., March 15, 10 p.m. 2012
At two months in, most couples are still in the honeymoon phase, with days spent kissing and smiling. But Durham's Leah Gibson and Duncan Webster began dating in September 2010 and wasted no time starting a new band. They formed Prypyat in November.
Busy musicians already—Duncan the bassist in wacky and cathartic indie rock trio Hammer No More The Fingers, Gibson then a cellist in orchestral folk outfit Lost in the Trees but now touring with Bowerbirds—the two soon found themselves collaborating. Webster had long practiced classical, finger-picked guitar in his free time, penning many of Hammer's songs in that mode. Those intricate lines paired well with Gibson's lush and spacious string parts, so they decided to push it further, piling on ethereal atmospherics and dousing Webster's vocal in reverb.
"I really like the minimalism of it," Webster says. "Just the space between notes. It's very uncrowded music. It's almost like we try to make a song as simple or as minimal as we can." With Trepak and Ugly Purple Sweater. —Jordan Lawrence