Violent Mae | Man in the Country
by Tom Johnson
Seeing and hearing music in different situations has a big effect on how we consume and react to it. It’s what makes live music such an attractive proposition. It’s also what makes live sessions, in particular, such a rewarding concept; allowing viewers to see music performed in places they themselves may never venture to.
Connecticut’s Violent Mae took this somewhat simple idea and ran with it. In the middle of Winter they headed in to the Connecticut countryside, found themselves a cave, and set to work on a live performance that not only set them outside of the usual musical surroundings but also used “the sound of the cave to produce the track, including water drips and a long/low reverb tail” – well how about that?
All of this would be a pointless exercise, of course, were it not for the fact that the song itself is something of a fiery beast. Rising from a hushed opening couple of minutes, the track builds wonderfully in to something far more excessive as drums pound, walls shake and Becky Kessler’s vocals fill every inch of the cavernous space. Intrepid and magnificent, you can watch the video below.
The bands self-titled album is out now and you can stream it in full here.