Sean Lennon with his musical and life partner, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, brought their band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, to Austin’s legendary listening room, the Cactus Cafe this week.
Comfortably charming, GOASTT enchanted the Cactus’ capacity audience with their unique blend of romantic music. Although GOASTT recently played Austin during the South by Southwest Music Conference as a duet with only two voices and one guitar, the band is now a three piece with fuller instrumentation.
Early in the evening Lennon joked that each band member had to become a multi-instrumentalist in order to save on transportation costs. While lamenting his decision to play drums and guitar at the same time, Lennon rationalized that now he can put his seat back in the van. Kemp Muhl plays bass, vibraharp and accordion, and, adding further to the band’s sound, new member C.J. Camerieri plays trumpets.
Only months after releasing their debut album, Acoustic Sessions, on their own Chimera Records label, GOASTT is just beginning their first extensive U.S. tour. The band’s songs are marked by a light-hearted yet dreamy sensibility while the music is heavily textured with vocal harmonies and lush instrumental breaks. The band focused on material written by Lennon and Kemp Muhl, but did one cover song – a version of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country.” Introducing the song, Lennon remarked that they did do some chord fiddling, to which Kemp Muhl added that they were chord fiddlers they way that some people are scab fiddlers.
Highlight songs of the evening included “Rainbows In Gasoline,” “Schroedinger’s Cat,” the Dylan cover and the French song, “Jardin du Luxembourg.” Ending a perfect evening of music, the band personally visited with each of their Austin fans while signing merchandise and posing for photos.
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