A few days ago I threw on my backpack and biked against the cool summer breeze over the Williamsburg bridge to see Anthony D’Amato and Langhorne Slim at Brooklyn Bowl. It was a show I was excited about because it was my first time seeing Anthony since our session with him, and it was my first experience seeing Langhorne Slim live.
Anthony’s set featured tracks from his latest release Cold Snap, a full length folk followup to his beloved debut release The Shipwreck From The Shore.
If you follow the indie folk scene you’ve probably come across Anthony’s music before. The New Jersey born songwriter has been featured on every major music outlet in the last three years and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
His latest record Cold Snap channels all of his first record’s most endearing textures and motifs, but perhaps the most noticeable differences are the record’s more straight ahead rock moments on songs like “Blue Blooded” and “Golden Gloves”, or some of the more mature lyrics like “If you’re going to build a wall, you better be ready for the day it falls”.
Having only seen Anthony perform live with an acoustic guitar and harmonica, it was a treat to see him with such a powerful lineup. I’ve noticed the band members from some of his online sessions, and you can tell there’s a comfortable rhythm amongst the members that makes for a fun show.
photo by Chris Pizzolo
When Langhorne Slim hit the stage, it felt like poetic justice to see him at a bowling alley as his energy felt like a sleek bowling ball racing down a lane nailing every pin. He was fun, loud, fast, and focused.
Playing with an all-star band, and making frequent trips from the stage to the crowd, Langhorne’s set featured songs from his latest record The Spirit Moves. The 2015 release is an eclectic supercharged record that offers electric bluegrass infused folk on songs like “The Spirit Moves” and “Southern Bells”, but also incorporates funky slow jams on tracks like “Bring You My Love” and “Strongman” .
At the end of the night I had the opportunity to chat briefly with both musicians and it was a humbling experience. I met some of folk’s most hardworking songwriters and it’s clear to see that these guys are putting a charge of electricity through the heart of folk, night after night.