In review: The Wars of 1812

On a cold, clear night, something to warm the body and the heart seemed perfect. Sitting in The Cabin Friday night and listening to The Wars of 1812 was just the ticket.

The band offered a variety of sounds tied together with the unconventional vocals of Peter Pisano. Backing him up was a solid bass played by Mei-Ling Anderson, the strong rhythms of Bobby Maher on percussion and adding a jazzy thread of sound, Peter Rosewall on the keyboard.

The first set was a ride through many differing styles that sparked memories of timeless artists, allowing the mind to wander in a familiar territory while getting to know something new. Indeed, most outstanding of these reminders was “Forget You Madly,” which immediately brought to the ears the sounds of Johnny Cash. The catchy guitar combined with raw vocals made the sound cut and dry and the message of the song very clear.

In the middle of the “Pine Song,” the synthesizer was reminiscent of Pink Floyd. The variety of sound was not at all off-putting, though. In fact, it brought together a great blend of talent, and the band’s approach to its music held the audience.

The onstage chemistry did nothing but lend even more to this talented act. Between songs they poked fun at one another and engaged the audience. It made for quite a comfortable setting.

Eager to talk between sets, Maher said that, even though the band was “calling it quits,” it would still be releasing its new album later this year. As they played songs from their new album, such as “Pine Song,” it became obvious that their melodies and music would hold strong after they bowed out.

The second set was more upbeat and a little louder. Maher brought in some strong rhythms while Rosewall tore up the keyboard. In “Take Us There,” these techniques got the head bobbing, further engaging the audience in the fast-paced music. Anderson held the band steady with her talent on the bass, giving a solid spine to the music throughout the concert.

The Wars of 1812 left an impression of something different and whole. Each song brought out the variety of talent offered by each member, which, in turn, produced a catchy show for all. The band created a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere on this chilly October night. Their knack for music left the toe tapping and the mind singing.