|All photos by Kevin Norris|
The band delivered the entire new album except its closer, "Doubt." Frontwoman Jenn Wasner was battling a cold, which left her coughing between at least one song, but that didn't keep her from delivering a killer, full-on vocal performance, telling the crowd that she's been treating her cold with whiskey.
As usual, the band creating a stunningly full sound for a duo, much of it to the credit of drummer and keyboard player Andy Stack, who is sight to see playing drums with his right hand and a Nord keyboard with the left.
"Holy Holy" and "Dog Eyes" were standout tracks from Civilian in the set, which also featured the title tracks from the band's EP My Neighbor/MyCreator. They closed their main set with with the dreamy, stunning tune "I Hope You Die."
The band returned to the stage quickly to knock out a two-song encore of "Fish" and the jangly, thunderous "For Prayer" from their last album The Knot. It's become somewhat of a signature song for the band, and a fitting closer for the show.
Fellow Baltimore band Lower Dens opened the show, taking the stage in hipster, 1980s garb for a set shoegazer music. They have a dynamic sound which is droney and experimental. The song "Hospice Gates" from the band's acclaimed debut album Twin-Hand Movement was a standout song of the set.
Wye Oak set list
Hot as Day
Take It In
That I Do
We Were Wealth
I Hope You Die