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Closing out the intense night of music was Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle. Both powerhouses on their own, the two acts decided to join forces and give a few select cities the treat of seeing a collaborative set (thank you Jimmy from False for bringing this event to the Twin Cities). Now, as mentioned and per usual, I was going in a wee bit blind to this show so I couldn’t tell you if the songs being performed were by Thou, Emma Ruth Rundle, or brand new songs they all wrote together. What I can tell you is the way the music came across was absolutely perfect and honestly I could have easily been fooled into thinking that this was just one band that has been performing for years, not a collaboration that will only last a couple of shows.
The way that Emma Ruth Rundle’s songbird-like voice mixed with the intensity of vocalist Bryan Funck was truly goose-bump inducing. You would think that Bryan’s growls and primal sounding vocals would overpower the sweetness of Emma’s but that was far from the case. Emma’s voice has an energy about that, although completely different than Bryan’s, easily held it’s own. As mentioned, walking in blind I couldn’t tell you what song was who’s or anything like that but I think that just goes to prove the creativity, artistry and respect that was on the stage. Without trying to be anything than what they were, both Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle brought their own style and sound to the stage and made it a partnership that I truly hope continues to grow past these couple of tour dates. Dark and intense while being light and sweet, this set was one of those sets where I was completely lost in the music and the energy.