While swing is only a part of their thing, I was able to catch Caravan of Thieves at the High Noon Saloon, doing an early set opening for The David Wax Museum. This gypsy swing pop rock-a-cana band put on a short gem of a set filled with good times and the want of more. I am happy to have guitarists and vocalists Fuzz and Carrie on the proGram this week to discuss the Madison show, the new album “The Fun House” and the journey of Caravan of Thieves. The crowd of people, few familiar with this band were definitely left with that feeling of more more more, especially after their energetically rearranged version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I am a sucker for the stand up bass, and Mr. Brian Anderson thumped and stamped the reasons for that all evening, while violinist, Mr. Ben Dean roused the crowd with his swing string thing. To close this and many of their shows, Caravan of Thieves played “Raise the Dead”, which takes your spirit out for a remembering walk and unites the people in attendance in a shared moment.
The David Wax Museum won me over instantly with the voice of David Wax. The words that rolled off his tongue were like familiar waters I used to play in years gone by ago….the harmonies of the band are as contagious as an autumn cold which easily captured my ears, and they didn’t try to escape. I look forward to the returns of both acts with more stage time in the future the next go around.