The Cincinnati quartet may have taken
five years to release their first full-length, last year’s bracing and
infectious Cause + Effect, but the members seem as energetic and
eager to move to the next phase as they must have been when they first
coalesced as a band half a decade ago.
Coming at us from Brooklyn, N.Y., The
Lone Bellow — whose name couldn’t suit them any better — is made up of a
trio of beautiful souls. Their harmonies are tight and soul-stirring,
but at just the right moments, it’s lead singer Zach Williams’ Georgian
drawl that cries out louder than the rest.
Les Claypool is primarily known for
fronting his band Primus, but he has also proven to be a diverse,
intelligent and unique bass player who can throw down with a variety of
other artists in a wide array of genres.
It’s anyone’s guess what the Whigs will
play Monday night, but the opening acts on the bill give the show a
“family reunion” feel and provide a hint that at least one song not
played in October would make it into the NYE set.