It may seem terribly convenient for an indie-folk quartet with sepia-toned, sweetly sentimental sensibilities to be made up of two pairs of siblings, but in the case of The Vespers, it happens to be fact. The singing, strumming Cryar Sisters, Callie and Phoebe who, in addition to stringed instruments, also play piano and accordion when a song calls for it teamed up with the Jones Brothers Bruno, the upright bassist, and Taylor, the drummer last year. Not one of them is old enough to buy a beer, but theyre releasing their debut album, Tell Your Mama, which they, and they alone, wrote, played on and produced. Unlike Etta James big-talking R&B number Tell Mama, The Vespers title track has an austere urgency, thanks to the melodys minor-key, Appalachian tinge, the Cryars extremely fetching and sympathetic harmonies and the lyrics reassurance that theyre following in the upright family way.
Thu., March 11, 7:30 p.m., 2010