Admiral Fallow / Joy Kills Sorrow / Shea Vaccaro
Formerly known as Brother Louis Collective, Admiral Fallow is a stunning new group born in 2007 and gathered around the precocious talent of the young foot-stamping, faintly maniacal singer-songwriter Louis Abbott. Adding clarinet, flute, upright double bass, and male and female vocals to the usual indie line-up, this band smashes through its joyous, heart-filled, orchestral-tinged, and beautifully well-crafted songs. The group's sets go from simple voice and guitar compositions ("Four Bulbs"), through stomping Wilco-esque tunes to riotous cacophonies of white noise; its songs about alienation within relationships and experiences of "youth" itself are sung and screamed with utter abandon while the band works itself into a furious frenzy.
Joy Kills Sorrow is a Boston-based string band which favors a more unpredictable approach relying on musical chemistry and improvisation. Hence the title of its sophomore album, This Unknown Science. All of the members have been touted as virtuosos, and they effortlessly hunt for unexpected outcomes and new discoveries. “We like experimenting and stretching boundaries,” explains guitarist Matthew Arcara, an acoustic player gaining a name for himself as both an up-and-coming guitar slinger and luthier. Arcara has taken home several honors at various guitar competitions including Winfield’s National Flatpicking Championship in 2006.
Shea Vaccaro is a songwriter and performer from Peterborough, New Hampshire. His music has its main influences in folk, Americana, and rock 'n' roll. Over the last year he has been working on his debut record The Wild and Willing Wrecker of Things which was independently released May 8.