This past Sunday night, indie pop band Waxahatchee and The Goodbye Party performed at Gasa Gasa.
The Goodbye Party started off as a solo project of Michael Cantor who astoundingly played guitar, bass, bowed guitar, lap steel guitar, tambourine, synthesizer, feedback, programming, magnetic tape, as well as lead vocals. Needless to say, Cantor needed some help bringing that vision to a live incarnation, so he relocated to Philadelphia and enlisted the help of musicians Sam Cook-Parrott, Joey Doubek, Kyle Gilbride and Chrissy Tashjian. The lo-fi sounds Cantor and fellow bandmates created on their four-track record made well for a live performance and strong opening act for Waxahatchee.
Waxahatchee, named after Waxahatchee Creek, Alabama, was formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. At Sunday’s performance, Crutchfield took the stage alone to play a few solo tunes before inviting her band to join her. Waxahatchee’s set was divided between the band’s 2013 album, Cerulean Salt, and 2015 album Ivy Tripp, with only one track, “Bathtub,” from their debut album. Throughout their set, Waxahatchee merged their vocals, creating confusion within the crowd, to which Crutchfield often responded “We’re doing something here.” Nonethelss, for a band that has a reputation for mixing up their music in odd ways at live performances, Waxahatchee’s set was, relatively speaking, fairly straightforward.
The single downside to the evening was real the forty-minute set time, when the near sold out crowd appeared to want more. View an extended gallery here.