Review: The Staves, Thekla

November 18, 2012

At the beginning of the week, The Staves were supporting Bon Iver at Wembley Arena. At the end of the week, the three sisters were starting their own headline tour at the Thekla.

Youngest sister Camilla, however, still admitted that they were feeling very nervous before this gig, to support the release of their long awaited album Dead & Born & Grown.

They need not have been nervous in front of a very polite and quiet crowd where you would have been able to hear a pin drop during the quietest of songs if it was not for the air conditioning unit which sounded like it was about to spontaneously combust.

Emily, Jess and Camilla Staveley-Taylor honed their three-part harmonies in the back seat of their parents’ car when growing up, and later in the pubs, bars and cafes of their home town of Watford.

After forming The Staves when Camilla was still at school – having to sneak her in to some venues while still underage – it has taken several more years for the band to reach where they are now, with pesky distractions like university getting in the way.

Now is their time to shine, with much interest recently around the band who are now signed to Atlantic Records, including full-page features in broadsheet newspapers and a slot on Later With Jools Holland.

The trio make delightful music with gorgeous harmonies, absolutely perfect for a Sunday night. For Wisely & Slow, all three sisters shared one central microphone, and throughout this hour-long set there was only minimal accompaniment from a guitarist and drummer.

Camilla played a ukulele, Jess guitar and Emily a wooden box instrument that she admitted she did not know the name of, when she was not asking the audience to guess which Disney character she was thinking of.

In what was their third gig on Bristol this year after previous appearances in Start The Bus and the Louisiana, The Staves provided a charming end to the week. They should not be feeling nervous for too much longer.

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