Last year when The Clientele played the XX Merge festival at the Cat's Cradle, frontman Alasdair MacLean said that the label's anniversary events were the only time the get to play to a packed Cradle crowd. Well, Wednesday night's show pulled a nice crowd for the double bill featuring the U.K. band and Vetiver.
Vetiver started the night off with an hour long set of jammy folk rock and blues laced tunes. At times the songs were a little too drawn out, but the band certainly has their own little niche. The groove of the song "Another Reason To Go" from their latest album Tight Knit was especially nice.
Then came The Clientele who kicked things off with a bang with "Since K Got Over Me." The set pulled heavily from the band's latest album Bonfires On the Heath, but they dipped back into the catalog for some choice tunes. One particularly old one was "Saturday" from the band's 2000 EP A Fading Summer.
The band left a notable impression on the crowd, specifically a few older gentlemen in the crowd who seemed enamored with MacLean's guitar playing. They closed out the set with a two-song encore of "(I Can't Seem To) Make You Mine" and the short and speedy "Sketch."
MacLean made a point of telling the crowd that the band are planning to make another album and are planning to release a "mini-album" (presumably he means an EP) later this year. We'll keep you posted on that.
[all photos by Kevin Norris]
The Clientele set list
Since K Got Over Me
Here Comes the Phantom
I Know I Will See Your Face
Bonfires On the Heath
I Wonder Who We Are
Never Anyone But You
Reflections After Jane
(I Can't Seem To) Make You Mine