Lincoln Hall on May 8, it was a special record release performance from the
By Klaus Nyman / Photos By Daniel Sather
The Hudson Branch’s newly released World Kid raised celebratory spirits as they performed May 8th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. The follow-up to Tightrope Walker marks the completion of their second
full-length album. They made
themselves fully available before and after the show, hanging out
with every fan that wanted time with them. It’s great to see a group of guys so
dedicated to freely communicating and sharing with their public.
message illuminates the difficulties
of having to grow up and let go of childhood but not fully wanting to. Their 14-song rendition, plus encore, showered fans with
emotions felt when dealing with rejection, unequally reciprocated love
and misunderstood chemistry.
As the guys arrived onstage and began to play,
images of childhood memories were painted with delicate instrumentation and the
ingenious lyricism coming from inside frontman Cobey Branch’s head. The intimate size of the venue provided
fans the opportunity to gather closely, giving a clear view of all members’
performance style while offering a taste of what these guys are all about.
Branch filled the room with joy, taking listeners to
a place where everything was
bliss. The lighting was dim enough to lose oneself to what was happening on
stage and in the music. Jake Boll (piano, guitar, Wurlitzer, vocals) sat
side-by-side with Enoch Kim (violin, piano, synthesizer,
vocals), and together they started the show with “What Did I Eat“; the album followed in its entirety.
Knowing fans wanted their debut album as well, they planted a few faves off that within the set, including “Be
Minor,” “Armed With A Box” and “Clouds.” Their
stage presence was jubilant and youthful, giving listeners a feel for what it was like to be a
kid again. Fans sung along with
the familiar tunes, dedicating themselves to the experience. It seemed only right when watching to
want to be up on stage dancing and laughing along
with them. Interaction on stage was comfortable and in sync between all members, proving that the guys were enjoying
putting on the show as much as fans were enjoying hearing them.
There is room for improvement of how they interact with their fans
when performing. The music was spot on, but the connection with fans while
playing was minimal compared to the member’s interaction with each other.
The Branch’s performance
culminated with a cover of Wilco’s “Sunken
into an acoustic start to “Sugar.” After performing they
continued the celebration and release of the album with fans taking pictures
and signing autographs.
Did I Eat
With A Box
Trample Tremble Trampoline
Treasure (by Wilco)