Speak’s Joey Delahoussaye & Battle Bend Share Stage at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

Andrew_and_Joey-4My Saturday was full of all kinds of quiet, introspective music. Before seeing Reservations and Sarah Neufeld, I stopped by Cheer Up Charlies to see a set by Speak’s Joey Delahoussaye & Battle Bend, aka Andrew Stevens. The two were playing in a song swap configuration, alternating songs and adding to each others arrangements here and there. Stevens’ songs were sparse, simple, and honest as always, and included closer, “What I Need,” which deserves an award for being the perfect embodiment of the three aforementioned adjectives. The song is blunt yet beautiful and showcases all the reasons we love Battle Bend.

Andrew_and_Joey-1The songs played by Delahoussaye differed greatly from his songs with his full band. Playing classical guitar, he gently navigated complex stylistic changes and intricate picking patterns to create impressively dexterous guitar works. Delahoussaye’s lyrics are competent and earnest and his vocals are subtle. While Speak tends to embrace full on pop, this set served to show that at the center of those songs are carefully arranged musical compositions.

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Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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