Thursday 2 July 2020
Emotional indie rock from one of Alabama’s finest

Who says break-ups aren’t good for anything? You’ll get a clean slate – and more importantly, you have all these hurt, downtrodden feelings that need to be addressed somehow. Being a musician, as is the case with Katie Crutchfield, you just start strumming that guitar, and out comes the magic.

Waxahatchee, the solo musical project of Katie Crutchfield, is named after a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going.

In the course of four albums, she has moved from confessional, lo-fi solo recordings towards glimmering and raucous full-band indie rock – and the personality and hurt feelings have remained intact throughout.

In other words, you feel her songs! She has a way of putting emotions into each word she sings in the vein of heroines like Liz Phair, Dolores O’Riordan and Kristin Hersh.

Waxahatchee’s knack for hooks and great tunes reached a climax on her fourth release, Out in the Storm (2017), which addressed a toxic relationship. Electrifying herself in a surge of new-found energy, Waxahatchee really did come out of the storm swinging with a thunderous boldness while still maintaining the deep introspect that won over her fanbase in the first place.

When she plays live her sets range from strummy, paired-back material over breezy pop to rambunctious punk with lots of guitars. Come wrap yourself inside Waxahatchee’s emotions when she plays Roskilde Festival 2020.