Charlie Wadhams/ January 27, 2011
January 27, 2011
It was a Thursday afternoon, we all met up the street in Echo Park at Gus’ place, which is great for me since Gus already has way nicer gear than I could bring, and it’s mostly set up already. I say “mostly” because our original plan was to set up in the backyard, which would have been great. In fact, we got as far as bringing mic’s outside, running cables, moving patio furniture, getting levels. Then, just as we were pretty much set, the neighbors decided to start grilling up dinner in their backyard.
By the time we moved everything back inside, set it all up, shifted around some more furniture, and Charlie and Gus sat down to actually play a few songs, it was almost dark. They had decided to set up in front of this sort of amazingly retro orange floral print curtain, which, although not the most entirely interesting backdrop visually, kind of makes it look like they’re playing in an old lounge somewhere, and that’s pretty fitting. There’s an old-timey-ness to Charlie’s songs, a halfway nostalgic feeling, but with a certain kind of character that actually makes them feel unconventionally refreshing. Genuine, earnest lyrics and impeccable delivery, a keen ear for melody, and not contrived in any of the moment or overly ambitious metaphors. I think it’s actually one of the hardest forms of popular song to pull off, but Charlie makes it look effortless.
Find out more about Charlie Wadams at http://charliewadhams.com/
Camera: Elliot Glass
Recorded by Gus Seyffort. Mixed by Elliot Glass.
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