Well, this was a lot of fun. It was a chilly Saturday evening when I arrived to the White Oak Music Hall and stood outside in the cool (and slightly drizzling) weather waiting for doors to open for the show. They were scheduled to open at 8 but we didn’t get in for about 25-30 minutes, for reasons unknown, but nothing I couldn’t live with. More deets after the jump!
I used the time to make friends with some nearby fans in the line with me, since I tend to ride solo to indie shows as I don’t exactly have many friends with the same QUALITY music taste as my own. (wink) I arrived about an hour before doors were set to open and was at the very front of the line, and at that point I didn’t think i’d be attending a sold out show!
Anywho, this live marked my introduction to the opening group, Montreal’s Men I Trust, a band that seamlessly integrates elements of soul, dream pop and electro stylings into their music. I was absolutely fascinated and won over by their genuine camaraderie on stage, as well as vocalist Emma Proulx’s smooth and silky delivery. She was crystal clear, as if performing for a studio recording. I was also literally within touching distance of the stage so that might have increased my enjoyment of how the band sounded.
Highlight of the Set : I Hope to be Around
Headliners Wild Nothing were up after Men I Trust’s snazzy performance, and they wasted no time in getting me emotional and opening with one of my favorite Indigo tracks, “Wheel of Misfortune”. It’s a stunning track that I hold in very high regard (read more about it and the rest of “Indigo” in my review here if you haven’t!), most of the best of Indigo were performed, but some omissions that hurt me personally were Oscillation and Through Windows. I really wanted to hear them in a live setting, but we did get early Wild Nothing classics Summer Holiday and Chinatown, so I’m not all that upset, as I definitely did not expect either of those in the set.
A hilarious moment near the end of a show occurred where between songs a fan yelled “HOUSTONE!” (a very houstonian thing to do, mind you) and Jack misheard him and replied “Did you just say “you suck?” It was hilarious!
Highlight of the Set : Letting Go
After the show I got to hang out a bit with members of Men I Trust as well as Jack Tatum himself, and they were all truly beautiful people!! So down to earth, and I honestly cannot wait to get a chance to see both Wild Nothing and Men I Trust again! Here are a couple of photos~
Well then, that’s all there is for now.
Wild Nothing continue their Indigo tour, you can find dates here!
Men I Trust will be at this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw in November, so if you got tickets to it, you’d better not miss them.