Kiwi Americana under the Dome

Moody: Alt-country five-piece Eb & Sparrow peer into some dark corners and draw out and atmospheric sound bring some spooky moods that moved music reviewer Simon Sweetman to enthuse “This is the sound of your new favourite band”. Picture supplied

With its pipe-smoke cured leather couches, standing lamps and the ghosts of gentleman snooker players, the Dome bar’s comfy lounge provides an ideal setting for Eb & Sparrow’s downlifting, alt-country, Blue Velvety sound. Led by the gloriously named Ebony Lamb’s sultry vocals there is an end-of-the-carnival melancholia, with a hint of the Cowboy Junkies, in Eb and Sparrow’s most recent album Seeing Things.

Written by Lamb and arranged by the five piece band, Seeing Things was recorded in a historic homestead in the heart of the Wairarapa. The vintage recording equipment and instruments used by the band and production team took advantage of the lush textures and presence afforded by the large wooden building. The lush textures and presence of the Dome make the Gisborne venue and band a perfect match.

The album’s rhythm section consists of drummer Justin Barr (Golden Awesome) Chris Winter on bass, keys and trumpet, Ebony Lamb on electric guitar and vocals, Gram Antler on electric guitar and bass and Bryn Heveldt on lapsteel. There is a brass section with Sharon Boyd on trombone, and Andrew Legget on trumpet. Lyttelton’s Anita Clark (Motte, Devilish Mary & the Holy Rollers) plays the fiddle parts and string sections along with added percussion in selected key parts from rhythm masters Joe McCallum and Stephen Gallagher.

Jamie McPhail of Sitting Room Sessions says he was taken somewhere else by the dark corners Eb & Sparrow peer into — “maybe somewhere close to Twin Peaks but via a small Parisian bar”.

Eb & Sparrow’s album release tour for Seeing Things, the Dome, May 12 (8pm). Presale tickets $15 from www.ebandsparrow.co.nz or $20 on the door.

With its pipe-smoke cured leather couches, standing lamps and the ghosts of gentleman snooker players, the Dome bar’s comfy lounge provides an ideal setting for Eb & Sparrow’s downlifting, alt-country, Blue Velvety sound. Led by the gloriously named Ebony Lamb’s sultry vocals there is an end-of-the-carnival melancholia, with a hint of the Cowboy Junkies, in Eb and Sparrow’s most recent album Seeing Things.

Written by Lamb and arranged by the five piece band, Seeing Things was recorded in a historic homestead in the heart of the Wairarapa. The vintage recording equipment and instruments used by the band and production team took advantage of the lush textures and presence afforded by the large wooden building. The lush textures and presence of the Dome make the Gisborne venue and band a perfect match.

The album’s rhythm section consists of drummer Justin Barr (Golden Awesome) Chris Winter on bass, keys and trumpet, Ebony Lamb on electric guitar and vocals, Gram Antler on electric guitar and bass and Bryn Heveldt on lapsteel. There is a brass section with Sharon Boyd on trombone, and Andrew Legget on trumpet. Lyttelton’s Anita Clark (Motte, Devilish Mary & the Holy Rollers) plays the fiddle parts and string sections along with added percussion in selected key parts from rhythm masters Joe McCallum and Stephen Gallagher.

Jamie McPhail of Sitting Room Sessions says he was taken somewhere else by the dark corners Eb & Sparrow peer into — “maybe somewhere close to Twin Peaks but via a small Parisian bar”.

Eb & Sparrow’s album release tour for Seeing Things, the Dome, May 12 (8pm). Presale tickets $15 from www.ebandsparrow.co.nz or $20 on the door.

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