Live Review: Varsity @ Black Cat, 5/3/18

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Varsity at the Black Cat.

I was first introduced to Varsity by a woman I was dating. It didn't work out with her, but I can gladly find solace in the easygoing and delightful sounds of a newfound band.

On tour to support their latest record, Parallel Person, the five-piece proved that music still makes the best girlfriend.

In this case, it began with Stef's voice. Effortlessly enchanting, I found myself pausing in taking pictures to focus on the aural pleasure, like one might smile at the sweet nothings whispered in their ear from a lover.

The pair of guitars dazzled deftly, adding a lustrous layer that tickled the ear in just the right spot. Paul was not far behind thumping on the bass. Tying it all together was Jacob with a precise intensity on percussion that snuggled the rest. The equilibrium achieved by all five parties was as impeccable as it was lovely.

And that's the magic of music in the hands of a capable band. It understands us when it sings all the right notes and caresses all the tender places. In short, it never fails to love us.

[words and photos of Varsity by The Paper]

[posted 5.21.18]


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