Weeknight shows can be pretty hit or miss as far as audience attendance and enthusiasm, but Tuesday night was the exception. Dallas has just hit that sweet spot weather wise, right before the sweltering summer, where you can actually enjoy being outside. The beautiful night, the great line up at Club DaDa, and the late start time were the perfect formula for getting people to come out and enjoy some local music.
Local darlings Air Review opened the night to an already sizable crowd. Next up were Houston’s The Tontons. A bluesy, self-described “indie psychedelic rock” band, fronted by Asli Omar who danced and posed her way through their energetic set. Is it just me or have the opening acts around town been getting better and better?
Topping off the night was Sucre, side project of Dallas’ own Eisley singer/keyboardist/sister Stacy King. Eisley have been a staple of the Dallas scene since they were barely teens and have long been adored for their fairytale like storytelling and their unbelievable sisterly harmonies. But tonight was youngest sister Stacy’s turn to take the stage on her own. Backed by husband/drummer, Mutemath’s Darren King, keyboardist/guitarist Jeremy Larson and two french horns, Sucre laid a rich tapestry of music that kept the audience captivated throughout the set. The band was in town for the release of their first album A Minor Bird, which was recorded over a year and a half in keyboardist Jeremy Larson’s studio in Springfield, Missouri. Tuesday night marked the first time the band had played in Dallas and Stacy and husband Darren were delighted to find how well they were received, even stating after the show, that seeing the crowd singing along with all the words was nuts. Sucre really envelopes an audience in their dynamic range, taking the listener on a ride from the soft and quiet intimate moments to the larger more anthemic tones, and doing so with ease. Stacy’s voice is so lush and textured, able to navigate nimbly through the band’s dynamic without ever becoming precious or infantile as is the trend these days with many female singers.
Through the course of the evening Sucre played A Minor Bird in its entirety, starting with opening track Hiding Out. A highlight of the evening was Endless Sleep, a haunting piano ballad at which the audience fell silent, allowing Stacy’s voice to really shine. The sing-a-long really kicked in during the band’s current single “When we were young” a glistening ode to nostalgia. As the song’s video suggests, A Minor Bird seems best set to the background of vintage home videos of a time gone by. Stacy and company capped off the night with Say Something, a break up song set against an infectious chorus of oh, oh, oh’s. With only eleven songs in their repertoire the band opted out of an encore only leaving the crowd anticipating Sucre’s next Dallas show.
Over all the night was a shining example of Dallas music at it’s best and a celebration of how far one of its own has come.