casino games for android download deutsch blizzard planet casino bonus codes cats slot machine download extension directly

Shearwater at The Cabooze – October 18th, 2012

24 Oct

Having already been through Minneapolis twice this year (opening for Sharon Van Etten in March and as an opener yet again in May with St. Vincent), Shearwater played a triumphant 45 minute set opening for 80’s & 90’s indie legends Dinosaur Jr. They mentioned right off the bat that they drove overnight from their hometown of Austin, TX for the show and had their van break an axle along the way, as a result only getting 4 hours of sleep.

While most bands might let such a grueling lead up to a show affect their performance, it took Shearwater just a few songs before they were firing on all cylinders and showing very few signs of being tired. Admittedly, I was curious what some fans might think of Jonathan Meiburg’s very dramatic and over the top vocal stylings, but most of the people around me who were unfamiliar with the band going into the show came away totally moved and impressed by their raw and moody music. It probably doesn’t hurt that sometimes Meiburg’s vocals are reminiscent of Morrissey, whose Smiths’ records likely occupied the same shelves as many Dinosaur Jr. albums back in the day.

Their set consisted mostly of songs off their latest album ‘Animal Joy’, but they threw in their blistering cover of R.E.M.’s ‘These Days’ off of ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ to close out their set, and more than likely winning over almost any skeptics that were left at that point. I’ll admit that on record I struggled to get into Shearwater at first, due to the overly emotive and dramatic vocals, but having seen them open for almost a half dozen acts the last few years, they’ve won me over enough that I would easily go see them headline, when and wherever that may happen next time.

-Kyle Matteson

No comments yet

Leave a Reply