3.09.2010

The Accident That Led Me To The World @ Rockwood Music Hall



The Accident That Led Me to the World are an all-acoustic chamber modern folk band that stay true to their music, unwavering in their formal presentation at the Rockwood Music Hall. What a treat. It had the feel of music that is planned, rehearsed and arranged to perfection. As flawless as each note sounded the emotional quality of the singing created a dynamic urgency.

Their intimate set quietly expressed the subtle tonality of the nylon guitar, clarinet, banjo and stand-up bass. The power punch came in the way of harmonies to die for!

Mark
Mandeville guitar /banjo and lead vocalist has such a distinct voice. It's raspy without sounding hoarse and exudes conviction. He was joined by Raianne Richards guitar/clarinet who added mirroring vocal harmonies and Zack Ciras with the most perfectly edited bass accompaniment.
This wasn't your finger picking fare but more like a dialogue of chords and notes between the guitars.

I've been following their music from a far and always looking out for NY dates. The band is from Webster/Dudley, MA and plays more of the New England circuit of festivals, venues and house shows, where the booking scene is curated and more friendly. Unfortunately, in NY and in most venues it is in and out and onto the next group.
I was so pleased get my hands on their
2008 release Island Gospel and was blown away by the beauty and quality of the recording. No shakers, or bells and whistles just straight- forward instrumentation, great story telling and awesome harmonies.

The Accident That Led Me To The World is a solid outfit whose mere presence defies the fickle taste and fast paced music buzz agenda of the latest thing and rise to a higher level.


With that said I just feel it is unfortunate that a band of this caliber has not garnered more recognition that should change!

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