Read the Bastard!
Sandro Perri / The Abramson Singers
Rickshaw, Vancouver BC August 27
By Alan Ranta
The Abramson Singers represented East Van as a quartet this evening. From her stable of frequent collaborators, principal songwriter Leah Abramson was supported by renowned drummer Dan Gaucher (Fond of Tigers, October Trio), jovial upright/electric bassist Patrick Metzger and Tim Tweedale on lap steel (who both played with Headwater and Elena Yeung). Metzger seemed particularly stoked on life, as he claimed to be the group's hypeman, for which Abramson quickly apologized. If they weren't a consistent unit, you wouldn't have guessed, as they comfortably yet dynamically performed Abramson's country-tinged style of folk noir and "power waltzes" (as they called them).