By Aaron Claycomb
Denton’s folk quintet Seryn floored its audience in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas. After a series of gigs at South by Southwest, the local show was a homecoming for the group. The band built each song to a series of harmonic crescendos that resonated inside the wooden hall.
On top of powerful chords that projected Seryn’s massive sounds — with stacked instrumentation parts and of supporting vocal harmonies – the band layered a string ensemble, making this performance a special occasion.
Although the performance was not exactly the way guitarist Nathan Allen said he’d envisioned it, the band’s performance was pitch-perfect. All the elements fused in the end, displaying the Denton band’s flawless craft and undoubtedly decreeing Seryn’s sound a match made in harmony for a large performance hall or cathedral. Even the slightest plucked note on the ukulele resonated to the back of the hall, and the bands full sound enveloped the hall on each number.
The performance was both awe-inspiring and superb, creating a harmonic orgy of texture, layer and musical serenity throughout the hour-long set.
Violinist Carlo Canlas conducted the supporting string members that added to Seryn’s already-dynamic sound. Canlas also composed the instrumental parts for the ensemble.
The concert elicited a standing ovation, filling the hall with applause. Seryn jumped back on stage to give the audience one last song with the band members gathered like a six-pack at the front of the stage. For its encore, Seryn delivered a tantalizing song, minus any microphone or amplification. It was both raw and evocative, an appropriate ending to the bands latest ventures in Austin. Band members told Littledtx.com that it returned from SXSW, and jumped into composition mode, practicing and rehearsing 12 hours a day to prepare for the Murchison show.
The band will be going on tour next month. First stop, Indianapolis, Ind. For more information about Seryn and its upcoming tour, visit http://www.serynsound.com/.