Review | Missing Sibling – Pick A Family
Fort Worth’s Missing Sibling will be playing on a nice little bill this Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. Sibling, as I’m going to call them, will be opening for Denton’s The Hope Trust and Dallas’ Salim Nourallah and The Travoltas, and I’d recommend you arrive on time to catch the trio’s set. Whether you have or haven’t heard of Missing Sibling, you’ve likely heard a few of the names that round out its lineup. With Fate Lions’ Drew Gabbert (vocals/guitar) and Todd Walker (vocals/bass), along with Telegraph Canyon and The Apache 5′s Austin Green playing drums on their new EP, Pick A Family, the combination has created quite the fun listen. Live, drummer Johnny Bell will be joining the band and show-goers can expect a noisy, but very melodic rock-pop sound.
When I hit play on the first track of the EP, “Keep Strong Boy”, I honestly expected loud voices to eventually layer over catchy drum beats and fuzzy guitar riffs. But, once the relaxed and careful vocals filled the tune, it made perfect sense. And, just because I say “relaxed and careful vocals” doesn’t mean that there isn’t power behind them – there is, it’s just not the all-over-the-place style sometimes associated with the noise pop genre the band’s sound has been frequently compared to. The band has certainly found the correct balance between the “innocent entity” and “chaotic surroundings” of their music, as Gabbert has described. Through to the end of the EP and the last note of “Piercing Teal”, listeners will definitely find themselves moving, be it joyful toe-tapping and head-bobbing, or maybe even a little dancing.
Prior to getting started on the recording of the EP, Gabbert says that he visited voodoo queen, Marie Laveau’s tomb in New Orleans, although not being a believer in anything of the sort, and asked for her blessing over the new project. Be it that she genuinely helped the recording process or that the EP’s outcome was a “happy accident”, the band considers her a central influence on Pick A Family.
Catch Missing Sibling at 9 p.m., December 1. 10 bucks at the door.
1. Keep Strong Boy
2. Pick A Family
3. Passion in Your Paint
5. Piercing Teal