Sunday 20 October 2013

Waxahatchee - Misery Over Dispute

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It's probably about time we gave Alabama-bred, Philadelphia-based Katie Crutchfield a bit more credit than we have done so far, and that's not to say we haven't sung her praises in the past. This year saw the release of her album 'Cerulean Salt' which includes the tracks 'Coast To Coast' and Peace & Quiet', but you won't get much peace and quiet from new single 'Misery Over Dispute', also from the same record. Until now we didn't know that Katie Crutchfield was also an accomplished dancer, having spent her childhood learning various styles including tap, something which she shows off in the video for this song.

You wouldn't think that form of dance would match the grungy, fuzz-rock that is 'Misery Over Dispute', but it works wonderfully. The song is another terrific example of her music, leading us to believe that, despite her stock having risen this year, with a little extra promotion this album could be reclassified as one of the finest of the past few months. You'll probably think of The Breeders, Throwing Muses, Belly and other bands of that family, but really when it's done this well that can only be a compliment. Momentum is gaining slowly, so perhaps by the time that a follow-up is recorded and ready for release in a year or two, there will be much more anticipation surrounding Waxahatchee.

Waxahatchee's website

Buy the album

Catch her live:

SUN 20 OCT Sŵn Festival 2013, Cardiff, UK
TUE 22 OCT Scala, London, UK
WED 23 OCT Head Of Steam, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
THU 24 OCT Stereo, Glasgow, UK
FRI 25 OCT Sound Control, Manchester, UK
SAT 26 OCT The Workman's Club Dublin, Ireland
MON 28 OCT Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
TUE 29 OCT The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
WED 30 OCT Unknown venue, Amsterdam, Netherlands
THU 31 OCT Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, Finland
FRI 29 NOV Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada
SAT 30 NOV Holocene, Portland, OR, US
MON 02 DEC Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA, US
WED 04 DEC The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, US
THU 05 DEC Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, US
SAT 07 DEC Che Cafe, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, US

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