CMW Review: Bride & Groom at the Painted Lady12 May 2015 / by Eric Sorenson (author)
Playing on Tuesday May 5 at the Painted Lady as part of this year’s Canadian Music Week, the Montreal-based duo Bride & Groom delivered a solid set riddled with folksy charm. Playing tunes from their forthcoming album On The Run, their self-titled debut EP, along with a few covers including the folk song “Hang Me” originally from Dave Van Ronk’s 1962 album Folksinger but popularized recently when it was featured in Cohen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.
With Kaitlyn Raitz on Cello and backing vocals and Jesse Daniel Smith on guitar, vocals, and foot drum, the duo brought a surprisingly full live sound to the intimate venue. Their music is accessible and easy to listen to, while still packing an emotional punch in terms of lyrics and delivery.
The couple’s charismatic stage banter (want to hear the story about their first date?) and solid songwriting easily won over the audience. This was a CMW showcase that’s sure to add a little momentum for a band that is making a splash on social media. They have already been successful in crowd-funding both their debut EP and their first full-length album which is due out next month. Check out the band's Pledgemusic campaign to pre-order the album and score some crowd-funder perks.