A Review of The Waxahatchee and Swearin’ Concert at Chop Suey in Seattle on November 27th
With her new album Cerulean Salt, ranked #36 on the Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2013, Katie Crutchfield is an artist that is simply on the edge of breaking out of the small D.I.Y. scene and into indie rock royalty. Signed to Don Giovonni Records with artist such as Laura Stevenson, has all of the tools that she needs to become something huge.
Her concert at Chop Suey on November 27th was the first concert of her tour with her twin sister Allison Crutchfield’s indie punk band Swearin’. The sisters have grown up in bands together creating the band the Ackley’s as teenagers and then creating P.S. Elliot which was a wonderful folk punk band. Now split up the sisters have traveled in different directions with their music. Allison has stayed a bit truer to her punk roots with Swearin’. Swearin’ is a fun and awesome duel lead band. Coming off their recent release of Surfing Strange I am sure it was wonderful to share their concert with Allison’s sisters project, Waxahatchee. Swearin’ through a fun show, however Allison’s voice was struggled through the show. Her normally very powerful and strong voice seemed to have given out on the first song. Luckily the other lead singer of the band was able to play the songs that he normally leads and it was a super radical show.
After Swearin’ came Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield and her band. With Waxahatchee Katie has lead in the direction of her former side project King Everything which combined softer and more calming sounds with catchy and eerie lyrics. Waxahatchee came out with her first album last year called American Weekend. The Album is a work of beauty and has a few songs that could simply not be done by any other artist. Moving further in this direction Waxahatchee’s new album Cerulean Salt is full of sadness, confusion, and beauty. The way that she writes is strong yet weak and accessible to a large range of music fans. The concert she threw was perfect for her sound. Playing only with a bassist and a drummer she was able to showcase her loudly distorted telecaster riffs and beautifully creepy voice. The concert at Chop Suey in Seattle on November 27th was a great mix between music from her album American Weekend and her new album Cerulean Salt. The crowd whom was almost too large for the Chop Suey venue was captured by Katie’s beautiful voice and amazingly written songs. With Cerulean Salt leaving fans on the edge of their seats to see was Waxahatchee will do next, Waxahatchee is just one album away from indie fame, and if you have not tried her music out yet, I suggest to jump on her bandwagon before her concerts start costing over $30.
Marcus Shriver / A Pumpkin Spice Tester / KSUB Community Outreach and Social Media Director