Jason Moffat (Guitar & Banjo)
Pedro Vidal (Acoustic Bass)
Stephen Coates (Drums)
The Cedars are a bluesy Americana throwback, belting out hard-edged ballads cut right through with gleeful cynicism and solipsistic insensitivity. Songs of jilted love and distant lovers are spiked with south-of-the-border travelling imagery and conjure up scenes of dusty crossroads and cracked river beds so vivid that your throat gets dry just listening to it. Even in a dark and smoke-filled basement, it's impossible not to get carried on these big tunes of the Big Sky Country that are somehow both melancholy and uplifting.
The band has a rare balance for the underground - more than just raw talent. There is a genuine polish that separates them from the acts around them. Chantal Hill's mournful and muscular voice sits beautifully on Jason Moffat's slide guitar and banjo-picking, all resting on a thumping heartbeat of Pedro Vidal's bass and Stephen Coates' drumming. But what truly sets them apart are Hill's lyrics - every quatrain is a poetic construction, original and addictive, that drags the listener into her narrative. smallfish-online.net
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