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The Staves Play Leeds Beckett Student Union

26 October 2015
The Staves Play Leeds Beckett Student Union
Three sisters with a sugary, celestial exterior but an acidic bite, The Staves play Leeds Beckett Student Union this evening. With their church choir-clear harmonies, comprised of three distinct but equally flawless vocals, and ability to string together some of the most goosebump-inducing compositions, they really lucked out in the gene pool.

The Staves Play Leeds Beckett Student Union

Resisting the ‘folk’ label that has been lazily stamped upon them, along with various twee references to their sisterly beauty, The Stave’s sound ranges from haunting paired back melodies with minimal accompaniment to more textured numbers that pack a punch. Granted, some of their sound sits comfortably in the new-folk genre, where many of the traditional notions of folk music nestle amongst a more eclectic sound from rock and pop influences. Their most recent album from 2014, ‘If I Was’ has the tell tale thumb prints of the work of Bon Iver’s frontman Justin Vernon who produced the record in Wisconsin. While they struggled to ‘spread their wings’ with their previous producer- a slightly awkward fit- Vernon curates their sound comfortably. ‘If I Was’ remains genuine in sound but is clearly nudged by Vernon to be that bit more polished and accomplished in scale. Having last played Leeds in Millennium Square in summer, supporting a rather popular Paolo Nutini, The Staves are returning as headliners tonight at Leeds Beckett Student Union.

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Emma is a Freelance Writer for Leeds Living. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Leeds and specialises in writing cultural editorials.