Caroline Martin, A Hawk and a Hacksaw
@ the Cube Bristol - Friday 10th Nov
Real disappointment on hearing that Lisa Germano had cancelled the UK leg of her European schedule, including her Cube debut. Hope everything is ok in the Germano camp...
The whole Cloudboy posse was feeling deflated, as we’d booked this one months in advance, and even went through the arduous task of finding a babysitter for the kids so Mrs Cloudboy could come too. Fortunately, A Hawk and the Hacksaw, kindly stepped in (on their night off, I may add) as replacement headliners for the evening with the original booked support act of Caroline Martin still on the cards to warm things up.
Dispelling all those singer songwriter clichés, Caroline charged straight into a song about sexual violence. Loved her gentle swinging riffs that enfolded her bitter sweet tales of disappointed love experiences, simple circular fingerings. Her voice was crisply evocative diverting to some expressive abstracts on a number of tunes.
She was supported by Max on violin whose strings put across extra emotional attachment and his light scrapings seemed to have an enchanting rusty-hinge vibe. Her cover version of Teenage kicks was a lovely drawn-out affair, her words languidly falling from her lips, erotically charged.
Lovely to see the Hacksaw again, it’s great to see the way these two musicians work around each other, like an audio dance, each adding and subtracting from the whole, the tunes fluid, the borders agreeably hazy.
That 'Eastern European' vibe they have going on is still cutting the mustard with me. They added lots of vocals to the mix including a song or two from their latest album... that one about throwing bodies into the river seemed entangled like a Grimm fairytale. In fact the visuals they created were delightfully sepia tinged and juddery affairs, where reality magically recreated itself through a glass of absinthe - Music to forget your worries in and be enraptured by.