With a strapping, able-bodied set of songs and a road tested concert presence to boot, the seething, slightly wicked proceedings offered here serve notice that Glasgow's native Sons and Daughters are a band you frankly need to know about. When singer Adele Bethel quotes Leonard Cohen, you know she does so not as a casual observer, but rather a studied disciple of the legend's hardened, leathered songwriting. It's written all over this band's body of work.
Recorded at Domino's '08 SXSW Showcase in Austin, this no nonsense, professionally polished video captures exactly what's to love about this band. Fierce, momentous, propelled like a hot rod's exploding engine, Sons and Daughters are oh so serious business.
Glasgow's Sons and Daughters
don't follow the indie pop formula made famous by their counterparts (Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura). Adele Bethel, David Gow, Scott Paterson
, and Ailidh Lennon
, who formed the group in 2001, compose a roughcast folk-rock sound similar to the likes of Smog and Cat Power. Prior to getting together, Bethel (guitar) and Gow (drums) toured and recorded with the Zephyrs and Arab Strap. Paterson (guitar/bass) chiefed March of Dimes for a short time while Lennon (mandolin/bass) studied classical composition at a University nearby. In 2002, Sons and Daughters self-released The Lovers EP
. Love the Cup
, an intriguing homage to Johnny Cash, followed a year later. In 2005, Sons and Daughters issued their studio full-length, The Repulsion Box
. With the help of producer Bernard Butler
, the band released their most fully-realised album to date in 2008, This Gift
. - allmusic.com