Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den, Montville, CT. Thurs. 11-1-18, 8pm. FREE FREE FREE.
Great Scott, Allston, MA. Fri. 11-2-18, Doors 9pm. $20.
Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA. Sat. 11-3-18, 8pm. $25 adv., $27 day of show.
The Albion, MI duo of Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter, Jr. blew us the heck away at the Newport Folk Festival. And their debut album Healing Tide from this year is a solid gospel/soul release with a strong handful of singles. In short: we love The War and Treaty and are looking forward to seeing them in November. But first, a little background feels appropriate.
Michael Trotter, Jr. is an Iraq War veteran who started penning songs for the fallen. He and Tanya met at a festival in separate bands, enjoyed each other’s music, and exchanged numbers. Michael never followed through, though, feeling he was too wounded to pursue a lovely lady… so Tanya stepped up and called him. Several years and a son later, they’re touring and hitting all the right spots (musically and tour-wise). A sweet love story, right?
Now let’s get to our love of their music. Their album is good, but their live set is the most powerful we’ve seen this year (and that’s including Jalen N’Gonda). Their pair’s energy reverberates off of each other and, when you have powerful soul voices (and a penchant for cathartic music), you feel you have entered, as they term it, “The Church of the War and Treaty.” This band is an utter delight, one of the most energetic and hard-working up-and-comers you’re likely to see, and highly, highly recommended. Catch them in New England. You are guaranteed to come away amazed.