Armed with a hand crafted cigar box guitar, a booming bass kick drum and an acoustic guitar, the duo of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, affectionately known as Hymn For Her (H4H), tore into a high octane set full of tunes that covered everything from sending trash into the sun to Satan’s daughter.
The duo’s latest record Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames is full of tunes that bore their way into your brain and set up camp for a long time, which is a good thing. If you give it a listen, it is an album that will find its way into your playlist and stay there. With music this good exiting my personal speakers on each and every spin how would they sound live? Well if you were at the Star Bar Wednesday night then you found out. Lucy & Wayne took the stage without any introduction or fan fare, said hello then kicked right into their set of fuzzy blues infused psychedelic country music. Lucy owned the hand-crafted cigar box guitar as she made it scream and wail while Wayne was a man possessed pounding the kick drum, the hi-hat, playing his guitar and harmonica behind his replica Elvis shades. Their voices complimented each other as they screeched, warbled and harmonized throughout the set. Covering the majority of the new record, songs like “Mojave” and “Chemicals” leapt from the speakers in the intimate room grabbing hold of the crowd and making them pay attention. The tune “Lucy Fur” sounded flat out nasty. They said the song was about their daughter who was dancing around the room in her sparkly shoes and oversized noise cancelling headphones. They delivered their ideas on saving the planet with “Trash The Sun” with Lucy breaking into a form of rap while Wayne dished out his version of human beat boxing. Then closed out the night with “Fiddlestix” which evolved into an extend jam. When the buzz from the amps exited your ears the logical thing to do was want to hear more.
H4H was the meaty goodness in the middle of a musical sandwich that consisted of the ballsy rock-n-roll of Verge of Bliss and the psychedelic sounds of Eli Pop and the experimental jam of In Sonitus Lux. While Verge & Eli delivered exactly what was expected, some damn fine music, Lux may have been the most intriguing. When they took the stage curiousness set in that tuned to doubt then became acceptance as the music entered a different plane mesmerizing the listeners. They played for around 40 minutes which consisted of one song which I am pretty sure was improvised as they went a long before fading out and ending on a spiritual message from Serson Brannen. After all the music ended it was another killer night of music at the Star Bar.
Hymn For Her is a dynamic live band. With just the two of them they deliver a sound that many 4 and 5 piece bands fail to find. Aside from the killer music, it is the combination of their vocals that give them such a unique sound. Wayne sounds like he is singing through an old tin can which gives their music a vintage feel while Lucy goes from sultry country to a possessed banshee at the drop of a hat. As they travel around the land bringing their fine music to any festival, theater, club, dive bar or hole in the wall that will have them you need to go see them play, they do not disappoint.