How many rock bands can say they have a string quartet in their ranks? The warm instrumentation of Panoramic & True
in "House Carpenter" has a welcoming and retro vibe, a product of the string quartet (including two violin players, a violist and a cellist), in addition to the more standard roster of a vocalist-guitarist, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer.
The eight-piece band’s tracks on their newest album, Wonderlust
, contain many layers and nuances because so many instruments are simultaneously playing. But "House Carpenter" is keyed by singer John Lennox, whose voice sounds quite a bit like Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty at the start. Lennox’s lyrics embody both the sense of wonder and the restless energy that the LP’s title implies, especially with his grounded sense of mortality: “The prayer’s answered as soon as you ask it/The carpenter makes both cradles and caskets.”
Listen to "House Carpenter" after the jump.
PANORAMIC & TRUE
8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
The Beat Kitchen
, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.