|All photos by Kevin Norris|
Jenn Wasner skipped onto the stage giddily and then they launched into "Before" from their latest album and hit the crowd with one fantastic song after another. While the new music sounds incredible live, there is still the undeniable ferociousness of the song "Holy Holy" that landed in the middle of the set and followed by "Glory."
Last but certainly not least Friday night was Destroyer, who took the stage for their first full-band performance in two years. And by "full band" I mean Dan Bejar was backed by a seven-piece band including saxophone and trumpet just as they performed in support of Kaputt.
The set started with a new song, "Dream Lover," before launching in a set heavy on the funky grooves of Kaputt including "Chinatown" and "Savage Night at the Opera." After heading back in the catalog to hit "European Oils" and moving forward again with "Kaputt," the band played a killer new song called "Times Square." If the two new songs in the set are any indication of what we can expect from Destroyer's new album it's going to be amazing.
After finding out they only had time for one more song the band launched into a lengthy version of "Suicide Demo for Kara Walker" and when they were given to the go ahead to play another song they launched into another epic song, "Rubies." It was a bummer that the band only got to play a relatively short set as the evenings headliners but all the cars needed to be cleared from the Cradle parking lot to build the stage for the next day's outdoor festivities. Hopefully the band will return for a proper show once they've got a new album out.
Wye Oak set list
Logic of Color
Destroyer set list
Dream Lover (new song)
Savage Night at the Opera
Times Sqaure (new song)
Suicide Demo for Kara Walker