I discovered the band I Said Yes when I was booking bands for Folk Weekend: Oxford (for more on the adventures of which, read this month’s newsletter), and Count Drachma, who were initially going to play, had to drop out and kindly lined up their own replacement. So I had heard I Said Yes online, but that’s a different thing to seeing in person. Here’s what their press says:
A versatile and energetic five-piece who combine arresting harmonies with styles ranging from traditionally inspired folk to rousing indie disco. Their live shows have a reputation for ‘stormy warmth’ and they’ve supported artists such as Florence and the Machine, Lucy Rose, Johnny Flynn, Stornoway and Turin Brakes.
But I was really blown away by their set, particularly the songwriting.
It slightly reminded me of Bob Dylan songs, where it feels like there is a story that goes in a slightly different direction with each line.
Also, I was only able give them about 15 minutes to soundcheck, and they sounded great, so points there too.
Current Favourite Track:
Been singing this to myself constantly…