The old cliche of "this ain't your grandpa's a cappella" has never been truer than it is in 2016.
Sorry to break it to you, but if your group isn't making audiences question everything they thought they knew about college a cappella after your latest performance, then it's time to head back to the drawing board. I want music that elevates me out of my seat without physically having to move an inch. And I want the soloist to speak to me on a personal level with every note.
Basically, I want everything that the Northeastern Downbeats are dishing out in Ryn Weaver's "Sail On." It's fair to say that the really good groups are dismantling all expectations you may be walking into their concerts with, in a matter of the first few measures of them singing. And this performance does that on an extreme, almost TOO real level.
The Downbeats have perfected the art of presenting indie songs and it's unmistakably sincere and touching. Okay, enough with the theatrics and praises, just watch the video to see what we mean.