What a time to be alive! If you haven’t been utilizing Discover Weekly from Spotify you are seriously missing out. (No Spotify did not pay me to say this, although Spotify, if you’re reading this hit me up.) For the past few years my main source of new music was through the “related artists” sections of bands that I liked on Spotify; clicking around to random bands and listening to a few of their top played songs before moving onto the next “related artist”. Now with Discover Weekly, Spotify has been doing all of the hard work for me and I’ve been sitting back and reaping the profits. This past Friday I went to the first concert of a band that I discovered through Discover Weekly and man did it blow me away. Tall Heights, the progressive folk trio from Boston, sold out Schubas Tavern in Chicago and put on a show that I will not soon forget. From Paul Wright’s incredible cello work and haunting voice to Tim Harrington’s soothing tones, fantastic folk guitar, and his ingenuity, to Paul Dumas’s steady beats these guys came out and absolutely killed it.
The trio started the show off with No Man Alive, the fourth song from their album Neptune, and immediately put their incredible talent on display. At one point in the song Paul Wright was masterfully strumming the cello with one hand and playing the piano with the other. From there they continued to display the range of their talents as Wright and Harrington went hauntingly high with notes that seemed to ricochet around the concert hall on Backwards and Forwards. After Iron in the Fire they finally took a refrain to address the crowd and introduce themselves. The band was incredibly appreciative of everyone that came to the show as this was their second time in Chicago and their first ever sold out road show. Throughout the rest of the show, the band mixed up some songs from Neptune as well as their first album Man of Stone while also playing an early Christmas ballad with a cover of River by Joni Mitchell. When the band got to Horse on the Water they brought out a fourth member to play the french horn before “ending” on River Wider. After River Wider, the band left the stage for what is probably the shortest wait between the end of a set and an encore I have ever seen as they can’t have been off stage for more than 30 seconds. When they returned, Harrington asked the crowd to find someone next to them, give them a call, and “69 the phones”. The result was an ingenious psychedelic echoing that rang throughout the crowd and added incredible dimension to the song Cross My Mind. Finally, as if there were any other song they would end on, they closed out the show with Spirit Cold which was predictably met with much joy from the crowd. Next time these guys are in Chicago you better believe that I will be there front and center. Thanks for an amazing show!
Tall Heights is on tour through mid December and if they are coming anywhere near you I highly recommend getting out to see them. You can find Tall Heights on Spotify or pretty much anywhere else you go to consume music.