Before I get too deep into it, I just want to say both bands are great musicians. Multi talented both instrumentally and vocally. The bands were both very similar and very different at the same time. Not saying that it's bad, but they definitely would succeed in different avenues.
River Whyless, bringing you back into the hippie age through their style choices, came out strong with their harmonizing voices and chill synths. Their style of music is more bluegrass, like the band Mumford and Sons, but on a way more relaxing vibe. All I wanted to do during their concert is lay on huge pillows and blankets spread out on the living room floor with all my beloved friends. It was so comforting and relaxing, but I don't think their concerts should be in a huge theater, because I was falling asleep. Not saying that their music is bad, it was just very soft like the music I fall asleep to every night. If I could give them any advice, have a mix of upbeat songs that will make people stomp their feet to the beat. I did like how they announced what some songs were about, because it made the songs more relatable, for example the song about the semi-famous ex, and the person who was given a job and every way he tried to help he failed. Final advice, add a mix of upbeat and chill songs, don't have too many instrumental transitions between songs, and use the stage more!
Before going to the show I listened to some of Darlingside's songs. I was expecting more of The Beatles "Here Comes the Sun" kind of sound, I wasn't too far off, but add more of a bluegrass upbeat feel. It was such a pleasure to hear their art both in music and in banter. Not only did they harmonize together, but they were so in sync that they breathed together before starting to sing the next verse. The banter they had between songs was phenomenal, because instead of the audience needing to listen to the re-tuning of the guitar, cello, any instrument they used, the audience was laughing along with them, like we were their friends. It was a little bit of a shame that we were seated during their moment on stage. So many songs I just wanted to stand up and sway and stomp, but that would look a little to weird on my part, because I would be the only one. Or maybe I could have started a revolution, well guess I missed that opportunity. I definitely recommend to go to see this band live, because their studio version on streaming platforms don't do them any justice. Can't wait to see what happens to them next.
Have a Great Weekend Everyone!