Twin River is a band featuring guitarist Andy Bishop, a busy man in the Vancouver, BC area who seems to be revealing music under different monikers just because he feels like it. As a member of Twin River, he assists bassist Malcolm Jack (Capitol 6), drummer Dustin Bromley (Keep Tidy), and vocals Rebecca Gray and Courtney Ewan. Together, they created the Light Organ Records EP Rough Gold
, and now they’ve done a video for their song “Laugh It Off”.
White Ash Falls – Tonight I’ll Be Here With You from Light Organ Records on Vimeo.
It is welcome when an artist releases a video, but rather than do a simple lip-sync, they’ll add something live to it. I’m not talking a simple live performance (although that’s part of it) but… it’s just different from what you’d expect to hear from an album or downloading an MP3. White Ash Falls have done this with the humble “Tonight I’ll Be Here With You” in a great video shot under the Queensway Bridge in South Humber Park, Toronto with help from director Mitch Fillion.
As for who are White Ash Falls, technically it’s the music of one man, Andy Bishop. While he is the core of White Ash Falls, the “band” expands or contracts as it wants, as he has an open door policy with things. If there are changing line-ups, it is safe to say that Bishop will always be there.
The song is from their By The River Bend album on Light Organ Records, my review of which can be read by clicking here.
There’s something so raw and open about picking up an acoustic guitar and just singing, and when you hear someone do it in a studio, it feels like someone slitting their wrists and waiting for the wound to heal so you can taste its scars. That is one way of comparing the music of White Ash Falls and his album, By The River Bend (Light Organ).
White Ash Falls is the musical mask of Andy Bishop, a Vancouver, BC musician who has done his share of punk over the years, but decided that his love of folk and calm needed to be tended to, and eventually this lead to the creation of White Ash Falls. The album is beautiful and gorgeous like some of those intimate albums you enjoyed hearing from your parents, the stuff you didn’t quite understand but it soothed you. You may hear hints of Wilco and the Black Crowes in “I Can’t Get Tomorrow”, while “Don’t Let It Go Down” sounds like Michael Penn if he decided to hang out in Nashville, with Justin Timberlake in a cowboy hat at the bar, telling you “hey, I’m just sitting here after a long day of schmoozing, and I’m here for a quick drink before the limo takes me back home. Have a listen.” There are songs of love, heartbreak, fear, sorrow, and happiness on this, and it gets to a point where, while you may know and/or understand the influences, the idea of this being your parents or grandparents music slowly fades when you immersed yourself in it to where it becomes your music. These songs could easily be covered by some of today’s country artists, while also being interpreted by today’s pop stars. In fact, White Ash Falls could be a major star if major labels understood quality over quantity, but… their loss, our gain.
Short version: White Ash Falls piles folk, country, and blues in the back of a truck, takes it to a family BBQ, brings in friends, allows everything to slow cook, and the end result is an album that becomes an evening gathering that lasts until the sun comes up.