|All photos by Kevin Norris|
The trio was in a goofy mood when they took the stage. Guitarist and singer Tommy Siegel noted right away that he hit his head on the speakers before coming on stage which may have caused him to forget the lyrics to "The Stars." The charming, nonsensical banter continued throughout the night and fit right in with the band's easygoing pop sound.
The band played songs from their latest sophomore album Everything Under the Sun, released earlier this year via Yep Roc Records, as well as songs from their previous record which really got a small group of hardcore fans incredibly excited.
Uptempo songs like "Hold It In," "Schizophrenia" and "Empire" were highlights of the set. The trio sound much larger thanks to the clever musicianship of the band, especially pianist and singer Ben Thornewill. His ability to rock the piano, synthesizer and sing at the same time is quite a sight to see and hear.
Towards the end of the set, the band covered one of the most clever "holiday" tunes one could pick. They amped up the song "What's This" from the classic stop-motion animated movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
The band closed the main set with the fan favorite "Good Day" before returning to play mid-tempo tune "Summer Sun." The guys were joined by members of the opening band Dynamite Walls for a rousing closing number, a cover of The Cure's "Close To Me." It was a fun end to a fun night.
On another note, this was the first show I've had the pleasure of seeing at Casbah in Durham, which was a nice club with a great vibe. I highly recommend you check out a show there as soon as possible.
Hold It In
So Let Us Create
Static To the Heart
A Matter of Time
Close To Me