Saturday, October 19, 2013

{RECAP} noah and the whale

Last night I grabbed Jurg and we scampered off to enjoy the charming British group known as Noah and the Whale. I was woefully ignorant of the band 48 hours prior to the show and boy was I in for a treat.

The band, around the indie rock/folk scene since 2006 were on tour promoting their latest album Heart of Nowhere with great, shall we say, pazazz. They came out to a jazzy introduction, sporting vintage-looking suits like proper British gents. (We were particularly fond of the guitarist who was rocking a velvet blazer, vest, and feathered hat, which we’re fairly certain he borrowed from Liz herself.) Also, the lead singer looked like Dan Humphrey's doppleganger...sold.

"wherever you go, there'll be love love love"
The band proceeded to play hits off their entire discography and long-time Noah and the Whale fans were treated to band classics like “Mary,” “Two Atoms and a Molecule,” and a quick impromptu intro to “Wild Thing.” Our pre-concert wish for lots of accented banter was definitely fulfilled throughout the show. Lead singer Charlie had so much fun with the crowd, noting that “It is no coincidence that the government shutdown is fading as we enter town…”

Favorite songs include the crowd/gospel choir singalong during “Oh Joy,” the wonderful and emotional jam session during “Give A Little Love,” the always wonderful “Blue Skies,” and spelling out our mantra during "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." Plus, pretty much all of the violin solos peppered throughout the set.

Next Up: Autre Ne Veut at Rock and Roll Hotel next Friday!

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