Atmospheric and rootsy, the music of The Westies serves the songs, most of which are written by Michael McDermott. The group’s debut album, West Side Stories, came out about a year ago and is filled with cuts that are self-described as being about “love, betrayal, murder, hope and redemption.”
The genre “Americana” is too often used these days, but it may be unavoidable when trying to fit The Westies into a niche. The music of The Westies is well-produced and layered, and the overall effect seems to hide the fact that, while this group is onto something cool, an even better album is possible from the troupe in the future. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.
The Westies play Southgate House Revival Friday. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com .