I didn’t know what to make of The Acorn as they made their way into the studio. Their subject matter is intense and the pic used in our review of Glory Hope Mountain shows their relatively serious side. Five minutes after meeting them, any preconceptions I may have had vanished away.
They were just about the most easy-going band we’ve had in the studio. Their laid-back nature was soon hammered home after we asked if they wanted to do a quick run-through before recording. Lead singer Rolf Klausener responded, “We’re kinda tight for time. We’ll just do it real good.” They proceeded to blazed through an amazing version of “Crooked Legs” that left Shirk and I speechless.
During the third and fourth tunes, I left the control room and went into the studio to snap some pics and, at that point, became truly overwhelmed by The Acorn. The genius of their music is that no one overpowers another. Each band member gives the other plenty of room. And without the proper balance and respect for the others’ abilities, the music could get murky with a six-piece band.
For me, it’s this delicate balance that allows the brilliant songwriting and wonderful playing to shine through. I hope you enjoy these five tunes as much I as did, but please make every effort to see them live. Its truly a joyous experience.
Check out our past live sessions and stay tuned for upcoming sessions from Matthew Ryan, Joe Pug, and Langhorne Slim.