|All photos by Kevin Norris|
Unlike the Libraries album release show at the Cradle in July 2010 which felt like a jubilant hometown gig, this show felt more urgent and angsty. The band experimented with different arrangements of songs and sounded like a band who had spent the better part of 2010 on the road perfecting their chops.
The set featured a new song which was quite different from the band's usual lovelorn pop. Much like the tone of the band's current live show, the new song is edgier and has a bit more of a punk growl. The band also covered a groovy little tune by The Sonics called "Strychnine" (Thanks for the title Jason).
The set was split evenly between the band's self-titled album and Libraries, and featured the return of a few old classics in the second encore. The band pulled out "Stars" and "Graycourt," which were a little rough at times, but still sounded great.
The Love Language are preparing for another big tour in the Spring with fellow Merge Records artist Telekinesis. If you want to see them before they head off, they'll be playing the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on February 4 (that's the rescheduled date for the show originally planned for January 22).
Raleigh quartet Cellar Seas opened the show with a short set of run-of-the-mill pop rock tunes. It was a nice set, but certainly nothing to write home about, so I'll leave it there.
The Love Language set list
Heart To Tell
Strychnine (The Sonics cover)
This Blood is Our Own
The Love Language