True Widow In Brighton: Live Review

By on 27 December 2013


Texas’ self-confessed “stonegaze” champions True Widow hit Brighton earlier this month in support of their breathtaking new album ‘Circumambulation’. Terrorizer’s own Rob Sayce was there to bask in their deep, moody sounds, and here’s what he thought…



There’s scarce room to breathe in the Concorde, tonight’s show -headlined by slacker rock king Kurt Vile, along with his Violators – a complete sell out. With ironic Christmas jumpers high on the implied dress code (“get me, there are reindeer and shit”) it’s a strange situation in which to catch True Widow, who open proceedings.

Still, there’s a mesmeric power to the trio’s performances that transcends issues of genre and taste, their music finding great depth from the simplest of compositional tools. Stage banter is kept to the odd clipped ‘thanks’ but that’s rather appropriate this time around, the three musicians in their own transcendent bubble as bemused or captivated onlookers bathe in their eerie light. Nicole Estill’s vocals are bewitching but so are Dan Phillips’, lending another emotional layer to the brooding, dusty rumble of their ‘Circumambulation’ material.

The band’s own favoured ‘stonegaze’ tag doesn’t quite capture the melange of sounds groaning out of the PA, and it’s gratifying to see those initially confused faces among the crowd submerging themselves as the set rolls on. After half an hour, they leave us falling back to earth. Incredible stuff as ever.

WORDS: Rob Sayce

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