December 3, 2007
There's a certain je ne sais quoi to The Jen Say Kwahs, but they don't speak French, so no one knows how to define it. Suffice to say it's the charismatic union of four creative spirits who stumbled across each other when invited to perform a Shania Twain song at a friend's wedding. The band -composed of Martinez Hillard (voice/guitar/bass), Jeff Milberger (voice/guitar/bass), Brett Resnick (guitar/pedal steel) and Phil Canty (drums) -has pursued a much less Twainy course since then. The quartet's shape-shifting amalgam of booksmart indie rock, dance beats and genuinely moving ballads earned a runner-up finish at the recent KJHK Farmer's Ball. They'll unveil a six-song EP Thursday at the Eighth Street Tap Room, but you can catch the directors' commentary by tuning into our Ã propos podcast with the Kwahs.