The Vespers – Sisters and Brothers Music Review

Twang and driving rhythms are the backbone of the group The Vespers. I have been a fan of this group’s wonderful lyrics and poetic music when I discovered this quartet with the release of their 2012 album, The Fourth Wall.

The Vespers consists of two separate pairs of siblings from Nashville. The Cryar Sisters lead the vocals and Jones Brothers support in music and backups.

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Left to right: Taylor, Cailie, Phoebe, Bruno

Last year, I saw The Vespers perform live at Stubb’s in downtown Austin, and I was incredibly impressed with the sheer musical talent the four possess. There was countless instrument changes throughout the concert and their enchanting stage presence enhanced their undeniable musical talent.

  • Callie Cryar — ukulele, banjo, acoustic guitar, electric bass, vocals
  • Phoebe Cryar — banjo, acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, vocals
  • Bruno Jones — upright bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, ukulele, vocals
  • Taylor Jones — drums, percussion, mandolin, vocals

Genre & Background

Regardless of the name of the group, they aren’t classified as a Christian group, but they do have the background that infused in the lyrical perspective. The Cryar sisters also appeared with the well-known Catholic musician, Matt Maher, at the SEEK 2015 FOCUS Conference in Nashville. They also did backup vocals for his recently released Saints and Sinners album.

Their music would most likely be marked under Americana and Rock with heavy influences of Bluegrass. They were already entrenched in the folk style music before it came back in popularity in recent years. Now that talk seems to be fading, they have also adjusted their style to lean more towards rock without completely abandoning the banjo.

Sisters and Brothers (2015)
Sisters and Brothers (2015)

Sisters and Brothers (2015)

2015 has been an exciting year for this group, as they released their new album, Sisters and Brothers. This album keeps The Vespers’ familiar sound, but their music has a higher caliber and expertly polished tone. This is probably because of the help they enlisted from a Grammy-nominated producer. There’s also a bit more of an edge to entire album that is certainly more pronounced in these songs.

the-vespers-2“Phoebe and I were fresh out of high school when we started the band,” Callie Cryar adds, thinking back to the days when they were teenagers working the 5 a.m. shift at a Nashville donut shop. “You’re never more vulnerable or unconfident than you are at that time. But in the years leading up this album, we all became more comfortable with each other, with our emotions, with ourselves. We became adults, and we started delving into some of the emotions that we wanted to make people feel. People want to feel when they listen. They want to feel something intense, and that’s the kind of album we hoped to record.”

Source: The Vespers’ site

Overall, a great album, and I look forward to the coming projects from The Vespers.

Visit NoiseTrade to read an insightful interview they gave before the release of this album.

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