Noah and the Whale @ the Neptune, 9/27
Show Review & Photos by Dagmar
This was my third time seeing Noah and the Whale perform live, so if you average that with their four albums, and assume they toured for all four, that means I’ve probably seen several headlining American tours. Anyway, what I am trying to say is I really enjoy this band. Their songs, whether they’re happy or sad in content, are totally heartfelt.
The Neptune show had a large contingent of university students (University of Washington just started for the fall), as well as fans. And probably UW students who already fans. If they weren’t already, experiencing the excellently loud – and at times very rocking – Noah and the Whale, they’re surely fans now. The band played a marvelous set including songs from their four works, with new songs revealing a poppier side (hey, that’s not a bad thing. They can do what they want). Ones that stuck particularly with me are all of these: “Blue Skies,” “Give a Little Love,” “2 Atoms in a Molecule,” “Shape of My Heart,” “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.,” “Five Years Time,” and “The First Days of Spring.” That’s a huge part of the set! Much of the show was largely guitarist Fred Abbott’s event, with a lot of really cool guitar playing. Each band member brought his own high skill, but somehow that guitar playing just blew through the venue.
And since nothing is stopping me, I will now listen to “Blue Skies” and “The First Days of Spring” on repeat. Getting ready to feel happy/sad.