Toronto natives, The Wooden Sky, have been creating heartfelt and impressionable alt-indie rock that ranges in depth and gravity at every turn since their release of 2007’s When Lost At Sea. Lead singer and guitarist Gavin Gardiner has one of those voices that commands the attention of a room full of people and can change opinions on what country-alt-indie really means. With Simon Walker on bass and drummer Andrew Kekewich completing the trio, these guys were ready to share their music to the L.A. crowd at The Echoplex.
The band started the show with the big-hearted ballad “City of Light” before turning up the overdrive on the driving rock track, “Life Is Pain, Pain Is Beauty.” The thunderous sounds of the trio created a wave of emotions that blanketed the room with the powerful set lit. The track “Angelina” was a slick country-western tune that rang like a scene from Clint Eastwood’s Honkytonk Man. The balladeer serenaded the crowd with ample highs and lows finishing strong with the boisterous track, “Swimming In Strange Waters.”
An artist with deep understanding on the complications of life, both personal and universal, Gardiner has something to say with this music. The messages he communicates range from family tragedy, violence against women and refugee families. This band wants to capture hearts and minds and in order to change the world, one listener at a time. The Wooden Sky is currently on tour with their latest release Swimming In Strange Waters and will be visiting Europe this summer. Stay tuned.
City of Light
Life Is Pain, Pain Is Beauty
You’re Not Alone
Write Them Down
My Old Ghosts
Swimming In Strange Waters