Tracyanne & Danny at Motorco - 6/15/2018
Apparently every club in Durham and Chapel Hill have been reading my mind, because this Tracyanne & Danny show was yet another in recent months that had me arriving at the club before it was even dark outside, and back home before the late news. Feel free to jump on this bandwagon as well, Raleigh music venues. It had been a long time since I last saw Camera Obscura (apparently 2010, which is even longer than I would have guessed), but based on their popularity then I was a little surprised at the low turnout for what was clearly the best weapon of that band – namely, Tracyanne Campbell and her mellifluous voice. Regardless of attendance, they put on a lovely performance – in addition to Tracyanne and Danny Coughlan, there was also a bassist, drummer, and most notably a keyboardist who also played saxophone. It honestly hadn’t dawned on me how sax is in the songs of their self-titled record until this night. Predictably, the set was the entirety of their only record, plus a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End” – twee pop is a terrific medium for this classic song. There was also plenty of banter and stories throughout the gig - as Danny noted, “If we didn’t tell stories we’d be out of here in a half hour.” As has happened every time I’ve seen her perform, I was totally in love with Tracyanne by the end of the night, and I’m quite certain I wasn’t alone. I’m pretty sure the woman could start a cult if she so desired, assuming anyone would ever actually want an army of middle-aged dorky dudes as their congregation.