I didn’t know beforehand, but they decided to do an acoustic set: guitars, banjo, accordion, a variety of percussion and lots of voices. Given their sound and this set up, it had a real front porch feel to it. It was loose and fun while still keeping the musicianship that the stage show has.
Here’s what they played:
- Call and Response
- Crack a Smile
- Bound to Go Home
- Givin’ up Time*
- Isn’t She Awful
- Death of Me
* unreleased songs
Here are a couple tracks from last night’s show. It was a challenging set up for our sound engineer. It sounded pretty good, but these are slightly on the rough side. I think they capture the fun of set up.
Here’s a slow and subdued version of their normally upbeat-rocker “Call and Response”. I almost didn’t recognize it.
“Shasta” is a new tune I first heard at their Starry Plough show a few weeks ago. I really love it. It’s slow and beautiful and definitely worth a listen.
Or, the Whale – Shasta (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive, unreleased)