Faith Healer Lawnya Vawnya, St. John's NL, May 23
Published May 24, 2019After nearly two years of touring behind 2017's Try ;-), Faith Healer have hit a sweet spot where the playing is tight and the arrangements are loose. Their night-closing set at the Ship was stuffed with noodling soft rock and sun-kissed pop melodies, and they did it all with smiling nonchalance, as if they can deliver a great show without breaking a sweat.
The Montreal-via-Edmonton group are currently touring in a five-piece configuration, with core members Jessica Jalbert and Renny Wilson backed by two keyboardists and a drummer. With Jalbert handling bass and vocals, Wilson flexed his guitar chops with sprawling finger-picked solos on practically every song.
These could be smooth and twangy, as on the synth-hazed "Sterling Silver, or jagged freakouts, like on the explosive one-chord psych-blooze vamp "Light of Loving." The group dabbled into funk with "Try ;-)" and embraced their '70s rock influences on the clanging crescendos of "Sufferin' Creature."
They played the bulk of the tracks from Try ;-), tested out a downcast new tune, and fit the whole thing into barely half an hour. This was the group's first time in Newfoundland, and they clearly made a big impression.