Live Review: Waxahatchee @ St Pancras Old Church 26.01.14

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As music establishments go, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more easy-on-the eye venue than St Pancras Old Church, the setting for Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee’s back-to-back sets.

Without her usual backing band, the intimate church, filled with fairy lights and flickering candles proved to be the perfect backdrop for Katie’s stripped back 40-minute set – on what normally would be the priest’s altar.

Opening with two tracks from her 2013 debut ‘American Weekend’,  ‘Catfish’ and ‘Grass Stain’ set ultra-mellow and emotive tone for the evening, as Crutchfield delicately laid-down her heart & frustrations.

Later, Katie was joined onstage by her sibling Allison and it was then the new material from Waxahatchee’s upcoming third studio album ‘Ivy Tripp’ was road tested. Amongst the most striking of the brand new tracks on show was the piano-led ‘Blue’, filled with soothing dual harmonies from the sisters.

As the set came a close with the hush-tones of ‘You’re Damaged’ & ‘Noccalula’. Thoughts turn ahead to Waxahatchee’s next visit to London, which will be in the more orthodox setting of Camden’s, Electric Ballroom and with the promise of her full band back behind her it should be hopefully be equally as stirring as tonight was.

Waxahatchee played:

  • ‘Catfish’
  • ‘Grass Stain’
  • ‘Peace & Quiet’
  • ‘Chapel
  • Blue’
  • ‘Under A Rock’
  • ‘Stale By Noon’
  • ‘Singer’s No Star’
  • ‘Half Moon’
  • ‘Bathtub’
  • ‘I Think I Love You’
  • ‘You’re Damaged’
  • ‘Noccalula’

**** (4 our of 5)

By Michael Jamison