SXSWrap-up: SF’s New Wavers Tamaryn Disappear in Smoke

Subdued San Francisco New Wave act Tamaryn at Klub Krucial Friday was a far cry from Mistah F.A.B. in the same building the night before, and security could pretty much take the night off unless one of their smoke machines got out of line. The San Francisco/New York duo channels the Cure and the Smiths right down to the massive black hairdos; its songs are full of aching, processed guitars and cooing vocals. Single “Mild Confusion” came out drenched in reverb and smoke, as lead singer Tamaryn writhed in front of the mic, locks of black hair obscuring her face. Guitarist Rex John Shelverton cooly set off peels of trebly distortion, warbling slightly with expert use of the tremelo arm. He sometimes proved slower solos are the harder ones, because you can’t afford to miss a single note. None of the band smiled or thanked the crowd or interacted at all and it was all adorably emo. If there’s a hole in your heart and all the Smiths and the Cure in the world can’t fill it, surely you’ll be able to make room for a little Tamaryn. Its debut LP on label Mexican Summer is coming soon.

  • David Downs
  • Tamaryn

  • David Downs
  • Tamaryn

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