I’m a sucker for harmonies.
Give me a group of 10 guys singing a cappella on stage — think songs like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” — and I’m a happy girl.
Straight No Chaser is just such a group, and earlier today I talked to member Don Nottingham for a preview story. I asked him why people love a cappella, or at least, why do I?
“There’s so much music out there, and with all this great technology,” he said. “It’s a double-edged sword. It’s so easy to make music, but it’s so easy to make music. Anybody can do it, but you come to the show, and it feels more pure. What we do is straight up. Ten guys, microphones, nothing else to it, no backing tracks. People feel like it’s the sort of music they could create. It’s more relatable in that way. It’s more of what you think of as music historically – people singing, as opposed to the other beat-driven, loop and computer-driven stuff on the radio.”