January 24, 2013

Waxahatchee


2012 brought with it an incredibly gifted pop-punk BUZZSound in the form of Philadelphia transplants Swearin', featuring Alison Crutchfield of the now-defunct Alabama female punk group P.S. Eliot. When Alison moved up north, setting her sights first on conquering Brooklyn, she made the move alongside P.S. Eliot bandmate, best friend and sister, Katie, who originally became a part of Swearin' during its early incarnation, only to leave in order to focus on her mostly-acoustic solo project Waxahatchee. Unlike Swearin''s bustled and superchunky brand of '90s mid-western emo guitar pop, Katie's Waxahatchee identity has far more in common with the revelatory and scaled back style of the scene's female-fronted kindred spirits like Rainer Maria, with an added dose of broken-hearted alt-country honesty that wears its wounds proudly in its lyrics just as Chan Marshall did with Cat Power or Jenny Lewis did with Rilo Kiley during their first years writing. The stories culled straight from Crutchfield's own experiences of pain and learning first came to life last year on her noteworthy debut American Weekend, a lo-fi DIY listen immersed in solitude that introduces the rising singer-songwriter as a wise heart which shines best when it should know better. On March 5th, Don Giovanni Records will release Waxahatchee's anticipated sophomore follow-up Cerulean Salt. On this go, Crutchfield recorded the effort with the help of her sister Alison as well as her sister's boyfriend / Swearin' bandmate Kyle Gilbridge, which by the sounds of first listen "Peace and Quiet," are electrifying Katie's emotions with gut-wrenching impact. Katie takes Waxahatchee on the road in February for a tour across the northeast, featuring dates with recent BUZZSound Potty Mouth and a stellar showcase of the region's best young indie pop and punk acts at this year's Indie Pop Prom in Brooklyn alongside the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and -- of course -- Swearin'.

Waxahatchee - "Peace and Quiet"

Waxahatchee - "Be Good"

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