I first became aware of Firehorse, led by the NYC singer/songwriter Leah Siegel, when they brought out their first record, And So They Ran Faster, back in 2011. After a series of sorely-missed opportunities around Manhattan and Brooklyn, I was pumped to finally catch in a unique setting, the McKittrick Hotel‘s club room for the CMJ showcase by the music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic. Siegel is a lifelong musician who seems equally at home on the guitar and at the computer, and her latest mini-LP, Pills From Strangers, reflects that. Live, Siegel is a kinetic and versatile performer, able to go full-throttle on an electro-rocker like “Bloodstream” and then dial it back later on for a song like “Fool”, whose deep soul vocals showed off the immensity of her vocal range. Make sure to catch Firehorse in a few weeks at Mercury Lounge, where we are sure to see more of the Pills From Strangers material in action.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the McKittrick Hotel engineer, Vincent. This relies mainly on the soundboard feed as the mics were in a less-than-ideal location that picked up a bit too much crowd chatter. With that caveat, enjoy!
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PledgeMusic CMJ Showcase
New York, NY USA
Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard (engineer: Vincent) + Schoeps MK4V>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
02 She’s A River
05 Any Other Day