Widowspeak: Harsh Realm
Widowspeak is a trio from Brooklyn by way of Tacoma and Chicago, comprised of Molly Hamilton (vocals, guitar), Michael Stasiak (drums), and Rob Thomas (guitar). Stasiak and Hamilton both grew up in the dreary Pacific Northwest, and were part of the same small music community; both also ended up making the transcontinental move to New York after high school. In the spring of 2010, the two started working out Hamilton’s song ideas in her railroad apartment living room, and Stasiak invited Thomas, a Chicago ex-pat he’d met in college, to a practice. His additions to the songs were bizarre and frenetic and exactly what the band needed. They gave it a name she’d picked out years before, and Widowspeak was born.
Using primarily the 1950’s and 1990’s as stylistic jumping-off points, the band writes a combination of eerie ballads and swampy mid-tempo pop. The tension between Hamilton’s dreamy melodies and Thomas’s angular, psych-influenced lead guitar creates a visceral energy that permeates each of the young band’s songs. Although initially a sparse setup, with Stasiak on a half kit, the band has since expanded their sound and even incorporated bass into new material.
Widowspeak’s debut full length is out now on Captured tracks. Painting for the EP above by John Stortz.