|Photo: Jess Hodge|
I recently saw The David Wax Museum play at a house concert and was completely delighted by their performance. They play with heaps of energy and personality and the music is fun and relaxed. The band really knows how to work a crowd, engaging the audience with anecdotes, moving around the room and even singing out the window – the Museum knows how to have a good time.
The sound is Americana rock inspired by Mexican folk music. Singer and fiddler Suz Slezak even plays with a donkey jawbone, also known as a quijada de burro, a popular percussion instrument used in Mexican folk music. The draw to Mexican culture started when guitarist and singer David Wax worked their with the American Friends Service Committee. After graduating college he returned to Mexico to study folk music on a year long fellowship.
“The Persimmon Tree” is rooted in traditional Americana elements, where “Born With A Broken Heart” is a spirited, buoyant track but one of my favorites is the delicate ballad “When You Are Still”
David Wax Museum was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and the band is currently on tour promoting their newest album Everything Is Saved which will be released on February 3rd. If you are in NYC check them out at Joe’s Pub on February 9th for their CD release show!