The Walkmen & Fleet Foxes: SB Redux
Tuesday night, after knowing I may have missed the show of the year in Big Sur, I headed to Santa Barbara as my silver medal.
Take II — Fleet Foxes, Walkmen: Redux.
Having been a longtime fan of both bands, I was oddly more excited to see the Walkmen as I took the trek up the Santa Barbara hill and into the Santa Barbara Bowl.
While the intimacy of the Henry Miller Memorial Library was missing, the two bands did their best to fill it with their sound. The Walkmen led off with an interesting set. Interesting because the majority of it featured new songs and deeper cuts from their newest album Lisbon.
Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser put on a clinic during their 50 minute set. Dressed in classy suits, the band played “Blue as Your Blood” from Lisbon and a song I’m calling “Your Southern Heart” among other new material. At one point, Leithauser sustained a note for well over 10 seconds as he crowed into the microphone.
Not much more you can say about these guys. They’re professional musicians who have a crafted sound and a professional demeanor. Classy as hell.
Playing the same set they’ve done on their West Coast tour, the guys hit every fan favorite and every song they needed to play. This included personal favorites “Blue Ridge Mountains” and “Grown Ocean.”
In typical fashion, the band closed with a solo song by Pecknold. “I Let You” is a slow song that builds a narrative of a forlorned lover and another reason why we here at SA are waiting to see when Pecknold hits the road as a solo act.
The one surprising part of this show was the warmth the band showed. Rather than being distant performers, the guys interacted with the fans and actually seemed to be having fun. To begin the show, a guy from the crowd yelled, “I love you!” And Pecknold replied back with, “I love you too, bro.” Later in the show, Pecknold asked if “you still love me bro?” He did. With good reason, because the show he and everyone else was watching was perfect. From the backing visuals to the onstage performance, Fleet Foxes played a perfect show.
more pictures: http://sonicambulance.imgur.com/the_walkmen__fleet_foxes_at_santa_barbara_bowl_91311