by Erinn Fortson
An older gentlemen, who appears to be in his early to mid 60s, orders a round at the bar. He then carries five drinks over to the stage and places each beer in front of the band as they continue to play their set. Before he leaves, the man smiles at the musicians and waves his hand at them to silently say a goodnight. I think the Slackwater News just gained a new fan.
Last night, the Lancaster locals traveled to New Hope and performed a show at the Triumph Brewery Company. The band brought charismatic energy to the crowd of Wednesday patrons who were mostly hearing Slackwater News music for the first time. The selection of songs from yesterday’s set were a mixture of tracks from the band’s two albums (Graveyard Mates and All You Creatures), as well as new material that has not yet been released.
“Blister” and “Ghosts” really showcase the band’s talent as a whole, especially when the songs are performed live. These two tracks and the remainder of music played throughout last night’s show allowed the audience to see the unique chemistry the group’s members have with one another on stage. From Matt Blank’s stellar drumming to Daniel Ramirez’s fast fingers on the organ, each band member brings something special to the table that musically compliments the Slackwater News as a whole.
The band also performed their version of “Live and Let Die”, which seemed to be a favorite of the Triumph spectators. The show’s final tune was appropriately called “Goodbye” as the band bid the audience a farewell through song.