Thursday, November 01, 2012

John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers charm Kings Barcade

Photos by Justin Weber
John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers kicked off a 3 week tour together with a fun and friendly show to a small crowd at Kings Barcade in Raleigh Tuesday night.

Vanderslice opened the show by praising the quality of the backstage food and then proved his point by bringing out a giant bowl of kale to share with the audience. He played solo most of the night, but the gentle crunching of crispy kale from the audience provide some light percussion throughout the show.

Vanderslice paused between each song to tell stories and converse with the audience. Before “Convict Lake” he explained that the song was about the time he took too much acid and woke up in a hospital. He talked about the dangers of a rigid concept before singing “Scorpio Rising,” a song from a collaboration he did with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

The set covered a large swath of Vanderslice’s career and he even played a killer cover of Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.” To finish up, he took a request for “Exodus Damage” – despite it being “not the most elegant of tunes” in his words – and then brought on Crooked Fingers to provide some clapping while he played “Pale Horse.”

Crooked Fingers, while not as loquacious as Vanderslice, brought a quiet confidence to the stage. Eric Bachmann is a truly engaging frontman and his voice is fantastic live. The audience responded more vigorously to songs off of the band’s latest album, Breaks In The Armor, and easy easy to understand why. “Bad Blood,” “Typhoon,” and “War Horses” were played with intensity and they are going to be set highlights throughout this tour.

Of the quieter moments, “Sleep All Summer” was one of the best. Guitarist Liz Durrett seems shy, but she has a very beautiful voice and shows it off during the song.

Bachmann and Durrett came out for a brief encore to play “Your Control” without amplification. They’ve done this before, but it’s still cool to hear every time. Bachmann finished the night perfectly on solo piano covering the haunting “Chumming The Ocean” by his own Archers of Loaf.

John Vanderslice set list
New Song
Convict Lake
Time to Go
Scorpio Rising
White Plains
Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie Cover)
White Dove
Numbered Lithograph
Trance Manual
After It Ends
Sunken Union Boat
Exodus Damage
Pale Horse

Crooked Fingers set list
Heavy Hours
Crowned in Chrome
I Am Not Willing (Moby Grape Cover)
Bad Blood
Devil’s Train
She Tows the Line
Your Apocalypse
Carrion Doves
Sleep All Summer
The Counterfeiter
You Can Never Leave
War Horses
Went to the City
White Trash Heroes (Archers of Loaf)
Your Control (Acoustic)
Lonesome Warrior
Chumming the Ocean (Archers of Loaf)

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