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Timber Timbre Serenade Mercury Lounge with New Tunes

February 14th, 2014

Timber Timbre – Mercury Lounge – February 13, 2014


Yesterday’s wretched weather conditions forced cancellations all over the place. But Mercury Lounge kept its doors open for a late show featuring Timber Timbre and Lowell, and I don’t think we could have asked for a better escape from the storm. As Timber Timbre’s four members ambled through the sold-out crowd onto the small stage, frontman Taylor Kirk thanked everyone for trudging their way to join him and his band for the show. A set of thirteen songs unfolded before us and Timber Timbre’s bluesy, ragged music cast a luxurious haze over the room. “Grand Canyon” and “Beat the Drum,” two songs from the forthcoming album, Hot Dreams, which arrives in April on Arts & Crafts, opened the set.

Next came the familiar lyrics and haunting refrains of “Bad Ritual,” “Creep On Creepin’ On” and “Magic Arrow.” Kirk asked for the lights to be turned down as low as possible before launching into “Hot Dreams.” A neon sign bearing the upcoming album’s title glowed fiercely behind the band, burning a hole in the warm darkness. “Curtains” and “Run from Me,” from the new LP, and “Until the Night Is Over” and “Trouble Comes Knocking,” from their 2009 self-titled album, sent the audience deeper into a daze. “Black Water” and “Woman” rounded out the set, leaving the crowd woozy and giddy.

Lowell, a newcomer to the Arts & Crafts label, then took the stage for a quick supporting set of songs from her forthcoming debut album, I Killed Sara V, due out later this month. She began her set beneath a mask, which the fast-rising star cast aside once she and her band hit their stride with her recent hit, “Cloud 69.” The Toronto-via-London singer has a magnetic stage presence, tossing jaunty lyrics together with buoyant electronic production. The combination of Timber Timbre’s wistful euphony and Lowell’s impassioned trilling bowled me over harder than any snowstorm possibly could. —Schuyler Rooth

Photos courtesy of Mina K

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Five Questions with…Taylor Kirk

October 7th, 2009

Taylor Kirk

Taylor Kirk is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, and his blues-folk band, Timber Timbre, sounds dark and ragged. He put out Timber Timbre’s first two albums on his own, and the third one, Timber Timbre—released in January by the indie record label Out of This Spark—has earned him much acclaim. In advance of Timber Timbre’s first ever show in NYC, at Mercury Lounge on Saturday, Kirk checked in with The House List to answer five questions.

Which band have you seen play live the most often (excluding bands you’ve toured with)?
I think it must be the Sadies, from Toronto. Although it’s been a long time since I saw them last, but for a few years I would see them every time I had a chance. They’re the only band I ever danced to.

Do you have any crutches when writing a song—are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
I think I rely too heavily on minor chords in my songwriting. Especially E minor.

What’s your favorite place in New York City to hang out? And do you ever feel like you could live here?
I don’t know the city well enough. I’ve only visited a few times. I don’t think I have the energy required to live in NYC—I couldn’t take the pace. But I like visiting.

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
I don’t think that songwriting needs to be so literal or earnest in order to be honest and or successful.

Your after-party is at Hi-Fi, the Avenue A bar known for its endless jukebox, and The House List gives you a buck. Which three songs are you playing?
“Real Talk” by R. Kelly, “I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. —R. Zizmor