photos by Tim Griffin
Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids @ the Mohawk
"When I see Raphaelle Standell-Preston (guitar, lead vocals of Braids) take to the scene, I find that I'm even more excited than I thought I was. Joining her are Katie Lee (keyboard, vocals), Austin Tufts (drums, vocals) and Taylor Smith (samples, percussion, vocals, bass, guitar). The crowd is immediately in love after the first song and isn't afraid to show it. Cheers and screams all around. "Glass Deers," the longest track on the band's newly released album, Native Speaker, makes its appearance, leading in with its otherworldly din and chimes until it quiets down and Raphaelle's voice takes its first demure and regulated step. The whole group-from keyboard to drums, guitar, voice, samples and drums-shines with a melodious and striking sound, but it's the lead vocals that flare brightest. As the song unfolds, so do the layers of the multi-talented artist's range and expression. No one can help but be captivated and I am left inspired by the pure power of the song as performed live." [eventseekr]Tourmates Braids & Pepper Rabbit hit the Mohawk in Austin on Tuesday (10/4). Here are some pictures from that show which was opened by (also tourmate) Painted Palms.
The tour continues through Friday, 10/21, when Braids and Pepper Rabbit join Active Child, Weekend, and Raphaelle from Braids' other project Blue Hawaii at the BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still on sale, or get in with your CMJ badge.
More pictures from Austin below...