The duo that call themselves The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility, music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose.
The band’s sound – think the “O Brother, Where Are Thou?” soundtrack mixed with retro R&B and seasoned generously with old-school gospel and some blues quickly earned them a solid reputation during their first few years together. When they’re onstage, every song in their sets surges with the go-for-broke urgency of a finale. You hear the breathlessness in their voices at the end of each chorus and you feel their passion in the playing and intonation of every note and lyric. Driven by Blount’s vocals which are fervent enough for a church house and powerful enough for an opera house their songs document both the sweetness and the strife of the human experience.