In Which I Do Not Review Last Week’s Band of Horses Show At AllFebruary 7, 2008
Dividing By Zero contributor AJS, in response to my email inquiry as to how the show went, gave me the following brief, but descriptive, take on the show:
BOH took on the Gargoyle and almost won. They are a great band. Incredible vocals and when they go “classic rock”, they’re completely awesome. “Effigy” was phenomenal. It was, without question, the foulest-smelling show I’ve ever seen.
Andrew and I rolled to BoH in his junior whip with no wiper blades to speak of. That we made it there and back was a miracle.
The venue, as you know, is putrid. No booze, way too hot for most of the show, terrible acoustics. Cass McCombs made a night of slicing your eyeballs seem intriguing.
Band of Horses, in that setting, exceeded my expectations. The lead singer’s voice was amazing as usual. They played about 15-17 songs including a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days” and a cover of “Effigy”. They really rock out when they play southern rock, which is pretty amazing because they are good at their own schtick too. Four song encore that did not include “Funeral” (ended the set). I’d give it an 88. I was disappointed in some of the sound quality during the “wooo-ooooo” part of “Funeral” but it wasn’t the band’s fault.