LIVE: Winterpills / the Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, 2/20/15
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
For one of the best albums of 2014, Winterpills paired down to the acoustic duo of Flora Reed and Philip Price on Echolalia, a sparkling collection of cover tunes originally by the likes of everyone from Buddy Holly to Nick Drake to Sharon Van Etten.
Last month at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the twosome proved to be just as captivating as they are in full-band mode, whether showcasing material from the new album (Lisa Germano’s “From a Shell” was particularly impressive) or dipping into their back catalog for gems like their show-closing “Feather Blue.”
They also got a bit of vocal help from Saratoga’s own Matthew Loiacano (of Rosary Beard) on one selection.
Playing a cobbled together guitar and collection of unlikely musical instruments including a saucepan, a saw blade and other assorted household items, the Suitcase Junket (aka unorthodox one-man band Matt Lorenz) rounded out the evening with a batch of raw-boned bluesy foot-stompers like “Hot Rod God” and the rousing “Wherever I Wake Up” before wrapping it all up with a wild, heartfelt rendition of Tom Waits’ “Blind Love.”
Matt Rector’s review at Old School Record Review