June 11th, 2012
Loopster Live: The Head and the Heart at Warehouse Live
Last Friday night, Warehouse Live played host to The Head and the Heart for stop 2 of 4 in the Lone Star state. The show kicked off with opening sets by Husky and fellow Seattle natives, The Moondoggies. Unfortunately we arrived late and missed a chance to see Husky but heard good things from those that did so I bought a CD on the way out to give them a whirl. The four track sampling from their upcoming album provides a good taste for what’s to come.
The Moondoggies (photo above) opened my night with a great start. Admittedly I didn’t know much about these guys going in to the show but quickly realized I should. Their soulful, indie, folky rock style vibed perfectly with the mood of the night for The Head and the Heart. The Moondoggies are the type of opening band that I’m glad I got there early enough to see. Discovering new music through live shows is always a great feeling and nice bonus.
Following a short intermission, The Head and the Heart emerged and kicked off the show. The stage had been set already through the opening acts (much appreciated as a concert goer in waiting) but really came to life with the first notes of opening song, “Cats and Dogs”. The artificial plant life reminiscent of their recent ACL taping became much more apparent under the synchronized orange and red cantina lights strung over the stage. The vibe was perfect. With the first song from their album leading off the set, I was excited but also slightly worried. It’s great when a band knows what the audience wants but I’ve easily seen bands slip in to “playing it straight”, not deviating in order or form, and more or less rolling through the album as if I was just listening to it really loud with a bunch of strangers. For The Head and the Heart, this was not the case.
The first three songs were par for the course, then things really got fun. Included in the evening’s set (full list below) were a few new tunes mixed in with some great sing a long songs. My favorite album song, “Sounds Like Hallelujah”, made an appearance towards the end of the set followed shortly by the main set closer and my favorite live performance song, “Rivers and Roads”. When Tyler Williams stands up to drum out the final slow, droning beats it is really a sight to see (and hear) live. A brief pause and three song encore followed with, seemingly crowd favorite, “Down in the Valley” closing out the night.
My expectations could not have been higher for The Head and the Heart when I bought tickets months ago and had my sights set on a more intimate show at Fitzgerald’s. After the move to larger Warehouse Live and a bad taste in my mouth from an “less than easy going” crowd the week before at The Lumineers, expectations had been lowered. I was wrong. The Head and the Heart delivered a fantastic performance, the crowd was great, and it was everything I could have hoped for… sorry I doubted you Warehouse Live and HATH.
Cats and Dogs
Heaven Go Easy on Me
Lost in My Mind
Sounds Like Hallelujah
What’s the Point
Rivers and Roads
Honey Come Home
Down in the Valley
– By Derek Key
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