It’s surprising that a venue of this size wouldn’t get overpopulated when a band like Sunset Rubdown plays at it. I’m convinced it’s a different scenario when they play overseas. But given the fact there was only a small crowd that turned up , gave the place a cozier feeling and probably made the evening an even better experience.
Eagle Seagull (aka Eagle*Seagull), an indie pop band hailing from Nebraska, started off the concert with a rather enjoyable show. Even tho they seemed to have more energy when i saw them a couple of months ago, opening for Tokyo Police Club at the Troubadour in Hollywood, I can’t imagine how exhausting it must be to be touring constantly and hopping from one continent to the other. All in all, i believe it was a pretty good warm up for what was yet to come.
By the time Sunset Rubdown appeared on stage, the crowd sounded more enthousiastic and excited. They still had some soundchecking to do before taking off, and in between a couple of songs, but i doubt it bothered anyone and gave the show a more intimate vibe. The setlist was perfect, a mix between Random Spirit Lover and Shut Up I Am Dreaming, including some older and some unreleased songs.
Seeing them live was even better than I initially anticipated, it’s just one of those bands you have to see before you die. It’s one of those bands you want to see every week.
I also got to chat with Spencer after the concert. He told me how they were heading to some unknown village in Germany, and took the time to sign my cd. I tried to convince him to come over to Belgium with Wolf Parade, but he replied he couldn’t assure me that would happen. Then he faded out and stared at someone making a sandwich. What a great night.
Eagle Seagull – Photograph
from the album Eagle Seagull
Sunset Rubdown – For The Pier (And Dead Shimmering)
from the album Random Spirit Lover
Sunset Rubdown – Three Colours
from the EP Sunset Rubdown