Last Night Ships set sail
posted by June 20 at 9:53 AMon
Jacob James’ new trio Ships made their debut last night (“our first show everrrrrrrrrrrrr”) at Chop Suey, opening for Saturna and the Boggs. Whether you know James as a member of the Lashes, or a solo singer-songwriter, Ships’ sound still comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise. To reduce it rock critic clichés: Keening vocals, atmospheric guitar FX, and epic songs (“They make a lot of noise for a three-piece,” noted Shane Jamison, soon-to-be-formerly-of-The Divorce). But the drama is in the music; James’ onstage demeanor is sweet and funny. Bonus: Sean Nelson joined them onstage for a Stone Roses cover, gracefully harmonizing along with James through what appeared to be an unplanned key change. Best part? Ships have a hammer dulcimer. As an integral part of their sound, i.e. the line-up: drums, guitar & vocals, and bass & hammer dulcimer. Spooky and cool. (Way cooler than that illustration implies; my photos came out too dark to post.) Keep an eye peeled for news of their next gig.