by Dan Schram
Mount Moriah, Bowerbirds
Dec. 8, 2012
Saturday brought one of the more anticipated local performances in recent memory to the Cat's Cradle. Mount Moriah — stirring up recent buzz around their signing to Merge Records and the announcement of their next release, Miracle Temple — debuted a handful of rich and powerful new songs. And headlining were the Bowerbirds, fresh off of a nine-month tour and returning to the Cradle for the first time since their CD release for The Clearing in March.
While Mount Moriah played several selections off their new disc, you'll have to see them live to hear those before the Feb. 26 release. One highlight was watching the often unheralded duo of Casey Toll and James Wallace locking in the tight drum and bass sound most noticeable during this driving version of "Social Wedding Rings."
Later in the set and between debuting new songs, the group mixed in a stirring cover of Richard and Linda Thompson's "I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight."
The Bowerbirds played a tight hour-long set that featured a few new arrangements and dug deep into their catalog to craft a varied setlist as well as a two-song encore for the hometown crowd. As the group begins to rest from a long year of touring, they've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their next record, Phil's side project and the final phase of construction on their home recording space. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
"In the Yard" is off their latest release, The Clearing.