Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Collection share live performance of "The Middle One"

The Collection will perform in Charlotte at
The Visulite Theatre on Saturday Oct. 25
I'll never forget the feeling of elation that overcame me when I heard the opening notes of The Collection's self-titled EP. A faint banjo rolls slowly through your ears, repeating its refrain as David Wimbish's delicate, warbly vocals sneak their way in to the minimalistic track. As subtle harmonies slowly build the song erupts into a brilliantly orchestrated display of shameless emotionality and spirituality. The Collection may draw much of their lyrical content from religious subject matter, but it's not an exclusive act, as the emotions and imagery evoked from this powerful music can touch the spiritual and secular alike.

This past year the band has begun to blossom in ways that even the most dedicated fan could have never guessed. Upon the release of Ars Moriendi this past July, the band began to receive a lot more national attention. Their record premiered on AV Club which lead to a whole slew of new outlets and listeners finding out about this once overlooked act. Since then they've been branching out of their quaint little pocket of North Carolina and hitting the road to spread their joyful, triumphant songs and today marks the first day of their latest outing.

To kick off this month-long string of dates, The Collection is sharing a wonderfully intimate performance that was recorded in Chicago this past August. The band prefaced their time in the city by claiming that they "were not expecting things to go great" since it was their first show in Chicago, but a few songs into their set they see fans shouting along to every word, something that frankly is hard not to do once you grow acquainted with this act. And naturally, as the road is want to do, these devoted onlookers became friends and cohorts of The Collection, letting the band crash in their studio and filming a gorgeous, sparse performance of "The Middle One," a track from Ars Moriendi. Check out the band's performance below and be sure to catch them on tour if they're stopping through your city:

The Collection Tour Dates:
23 - Elkins Park Train Station in Philadelphia, PA
24 - Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, NY
25 - Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, NC
30 - Off Broadway in St. Louis, MO

3 - The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT
5 - Old Saint Francis in Bend, OR
6 - Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA
9 - Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
11 - Rickshaw stop in San Francisco, CA
12 - Harlows in Sacramento, CA
13 - Radiant Church in Visalia, CA
14 - Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
16 - Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

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