World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
The Last Bison is anything but typical. The seven-member ensemble led by Ben has seemingly risen from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of folk that is poetically steeped in classical influences. Band
members describe the sound as “mountain-top chamber.” Already the band has drawn flattering though imperfect comparisons to indie rock superstars the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes. Flattering because each of those bands has carried folk rock into the main- stream; imperfect because none of them have a front man that shares the stage with his father and sister, nor uses a 75-year-old chaplain’s pump organ and Bolivian goat toenails on stage. The Last Bison is a tight knit community of
family and friends that boasts a sound all its own. The Last Bison’s live shows transport audiences from urban music halls to another, less
familiar, era. Rich melodies accent unabashedly spiritual lyrics.
Traditional folk instruments resonate with unexpected arrangements –sharing the musical space with lush
family harmonies, classical strings, and earthy percussion. Band members appear to have stepped out of an 18th century stagecoach. The look hints at the band’s roots in colonial Virginia, while the sound transcends a defining era.
The Last Bison just release their new EP Inheritance via Universal Republic on 10/23!
Also Performing: New Sweden
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Show 8pm | Upstairs Live $10 + processing fees