The band took the stage in its usual fashion, with many of its six members pounding drums and auxiliary percussion, including a huge marching band bass drum that was strapped to lead singer Braswell Roberts’ chest. The band wailed away, building into a rhythmic frenzy before launching full steam into its set.
Although of late Quiet Corral has been compared a lot with folk-rock-revival acts like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, I didn’t get that vibe at all. Other than that they have lots of harmonies and use some acoustic instruments at times, including the mandolin.
They sounded more like a post-grunge alt/pop act to me, like David Grey or Barenaked Ladies. Very much so on a handful of songs that featured big, simple choruses, with repeating sing-along lyrics.
More effective than those go-to G-C-D chorus anthems though, were the moments when Roberts really let his voice tell the story while his bandmates added a subtle accent here and there. He has a style that is very emotive, with a somewhat flat tone that could be exploited even more to his band’s advantage.
As the band played through its approximately hour and a half set, it was clear that many friends and family were in attendance. The band exchanged barbs with the fans down front, and the fans fired back with some of their own, including a repeated request for the acoustic guitar player to take off his shirt. Which, incidentally, he never did.
The crowd got fired up again when Quiet Corral returned to the stage for a short encore. Obviously in the know, the drunken scenesters in the pit relentlessly chanted, “Jackson 5, Jackson 5!” over and over until the band relented, busting out a surprisingly accurate rendition of the hit, I Want You Back.
This left everyone in attendance (at least anyone with a soul) feeling good as the lights came on. Not content to be ushered out into the night, tons of people hung around, drank one more beer, and waited to talk with the band.
Though they’re not terribly innovative, Quiet Corral knows what they’re good at, and it’s served them well thus far. Let’s see if their new album- set for release any day now- opens any more doors for these local boys.