Last night The Brook and the Bluff brought a smooth change of pace to the cozy Cat’s Cradle that sits in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Gatlin opened the evening serenading the small venue with Indie-Pop tunes while soaking in the fluorescent pastel-colored stage lights. The millennial-age crowd swayed with their hazy IPA’s while Gatlin poured out her tunes that sonically reverberate hints of inspiration she has drawn from Indie-Pop archetypes such as Bleachers and Pale Waves.
The Brook and the Bluff maintained this flow as the Indie drive drifted forward into the evening alternating between refined synthesizer runs, dueling guitar battles, and poignant harmonizing. In the middle of their set, the band put all their electric instruments away and joined in the middle of the stage with nothing but their voices and acoustic guitars. They covered the infamous “Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys campfire-style under a humble microphone in the middle of the stage, and transitioned their cover to an acoustic live version of their song “Pedals on the Floor.” After this intimate acoustic jaunt, they flipped the distortion pedals back on and carried this momentum to the end of the evening finishing their set with hits “Halfway Up,” “Doobie Bronson,” and “Are You Lonesome.”
The Brook and the Bluff