Daughn Gibson, the opening act, was somewhere between Depeche Mode, Gary Jules "Mad World" and Unkle's "Burn My Shadow" except the tunes where not as developed and after one or two songs their set became monotonous, a word I will use later to describe our headliners. After trying unsuccessfully for a rim light shot of the opening acts lead singer I leave the pit to wait it out.
Yeasayer takes the stage, Luke Fasano-drummer, leads the way with Ira Wolf Tuton (bass player), Chris Keating (Vox), and Anand Wilder (guitars/vox) following behind. The crowd continues to cheer as focused beams of light dissect the darkness of the stage into illuminated particles of dust and left over fog. The narrower beams of light are replaced by broader and blinding versions of their predecessors. I snap some shots off as they open with a single from the New Album "Fragrant World" that I believe is "Henrietta," and I quickly readjust my exposure settings to compensate for the unexpected brightness of their light show.
I combat the large contrasts in their lighting scheme through the whole first song which tempers my enjoyment. I expect Yeasayer to hold out their bigger hits for the end of the night, but am surprised when they whip out "2080" as their third song.
Assuming they stick with a consistent setlist through their U.S. tour dates the next song was "Blue Paper," from the new album. After another single from "Fragrant World" Yeasayer continues plays O.N.E., one of their biggest single in the middle of their set. The ceaseless lightshow is amplified, and a lighted polygonal shape in the background becomes more pronounced as the stage lights reflect back and forth.
People in the crowd seem to be moving with the music and feeling it, but my head for whatever reason melds most of the next few songs into one monotonous collection of synth sounds (this totally sounds like a cop out and maybe it is). I am rescued from monotony by "Ambling Alp," a single from their sophomore release "Odd Blood."
I think my ear is drawn to the upbeat, dancy, and catchy feel of this album, hence the more favorable review of this material versus the new songs that comprised most of the set.
After "Ambling Alp" the crowd incites an encore and is treated to two more new songs including "Fingers Never Bleed." The crowd cheers for a second encore, but are denied a move that is welcome in my book.
In the interest of preserving some kind of objectivity I must mention that I feel the band's performance was clean, polished, however I feel the music falls flat in comparison to the recordings. I got more distracted by the pretty lights, and the band only held my attention for the songs I wanted to hear, but that's not to say there wasn't some showmanship. Chris Keating seemed somewhat energetic and his enthusiasm improved as the show progressed. In short the show was solid, but left me wanting. I believe the only real issue behind this show was the fact that they smattered their biggest hits throughout their set instead of towards the end so the show didn't build up to anything. I would have expected O.N.E or Ambling Alp as an encore.