Concert preview: Orchestral rock collective San Fermin embraces a more rough-and-tumble side on Jackrabbit
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone might have utilized upwards of 22 musicians to bring his vision to life on the project's self-titled 2013 debut, but it was undoubtedly his baby, conceived, written and arranged during an extended residency at an isolated cabin in Banff, Canada.
ForJackrabbit, released earlier this year, the band swelled to an eight-piece concern, including Columbus native and saxophonist John Brandon, and the music grew wilder and looser to house this new configuration. Dig the album opening "The Woods," a comparatively rough-around-the-edges number that, at one point, comes on like small orchestra tumbling headlong over a cliff - a marked change from the Faberge-fragile compositions that populated the group's debut.
It's a coarser, more visceral feel that frequently spills over into the lyrics. On "The Woods," Allen Tate croons of "skin and bones and brains and blood" like he's surveying a crime scene. Though blessed with a sweeter voice than her counterpart, Charlene Kaye treads similarly brooding ground in her time on the microphone. "We're all gonna die," she reassures listeners helpfully on the album-closing "Billy Babbit," a stately tune that, had it been released some years earlier, would have served as a fitting coda to the final episode of the HBO series "Six Feet Under."
Sam Amidon opens the show.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
391 Neil Ave., Arena District