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Sons and Daughters’ Brash Bop Hits BK

The Scot quartet roll out their '60s-tinged punk opus This Gift to a small yet devoted crowd.

William Goodman // March 24, 2008

Sporting a sparkly gold, sequin-covered top and black short-shorts, spunky frontwoman Adele Bethel led the Sons and Daughters through a set heavy in tracks from sophomore LP This Gift Friday night (March 21) at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, as a thin crowd of local devotees boogied to the band’s punked-out-twist-and-shout rockers. Guitarist Scott Paterson held court with slashing rhythms and hollering backing vocals during new single “Darling” and old shake-rattle-and-roll track “Rama Lama,” lifting the collective confusion lingering from Bodies of Water’s eclectic, opening set chock full mostly bewildering vocal intonations.

Perpetually one-upping the sass, Bethel and Paterson traded move for move, commanding the spotlight with foot-stomping lead vocals, and a rockabilly aesthetic and tricky six-string fingerings, respectively. “Chains,” a rollicking soda-jerk number with tumbling rhythms, buzzing riffs, and thick wartime chants, typified the band’s impressive set replete in kick-back genre-mashing renderings — you know, if that’s your sort of thing. It certainly was for those in attendance.


Bethel shakes, rattles, and rolls the tambourine / Photo by William Goodman


Paterson multi-tasks on guitar and vocals / Photo by William Goodman


Boogying down, Paterson seeps ’60s sass / Photo by William Goodman


Bodies of Water / Photo by William Goodman