It's rare these days that I attend a show where I am equally excited to see the next band on the lineup as the previous. This was one of those shows where it just kept getting better and better. I left with a somewhat nostalgic feel of past Copeland/Anberlin tours after watching Aaron Marsh play bass onstage with Anchor and Braille. I left feeling like I used to feel back in 2003 when music seemed to be at a more innocent and pure stage. It's reasons like this that make me love music.
Barcelona opened things up with a strong set. I saw them play with Mae/personL/Tokyo earlier this Spring and they put on a decent show, but this time around they sounded better somehow. Absolutely flawless performance. GREAT opener.
Here is their set, along with some photos I snapped:
Fall Out Of Trees
It's About Time
Loneliest Number Since The Number One (Three Dog Night Cover)
First Floor People
Come Back When You Can
Up next was Anchor And Braille. Stephen Christian has been a personal hero of mine for years now, and so it was very exciting for me to be able to see one of my musical heroes in such an intimate venue. I was able to meet him for the first time after the show. An absolutely wonderful person to hold a conversation with. Great role model, and great musician. I was pleasantly surprised to see Aaron Marsh playing bass with Anchor and Braille, though he did produce the album and play Piano on parts so it makes sense I suppose.
They played a very mellow and personal set. Stephen's vocals were as true as ever.
Anchor and Braille set and subsequent photos:
Like Steps In A Dance
Sherwood was up next. They have only continued to get MORE amazing live. They played a killer fun setlist and did some interesting alternate versions of a few key songs, like "For The Longest Time." Set + photos:
Middle of the Night
Learn to Sing
I'll Wait For You
The Only Song
Song in My Head
Not Gonna Love
The Town That You Live In
For The Longest Time
Sunday night was my sixth time seeing the lovely Copeland. They never get old, they never bore me. Each and every time I have seen them play, they've always left me feeling in awe of the very existence of the songs they've crafted over the years. Each setlist I've seen them play has always been a musical gift for my ears and eyes and the talent this band possesses has always made me feel like they're somewhat underrated. Why this band isn't absolutely HUGE outside of the scene is beyond me. Copeland played the most mellow set I've seen them play. Lots of ESR songs and YAMS songs. I was STOKED to see them play Love Affair and Coffee. Seeing Testing The Strong Ones for the first time in about 5 years for me was the highlight of my evening. Beneath Medicine Tree will always be in my top albums of all time. It's a timeless record, much like this band's live show.
The Grey Man
On The Safest Ledge
Eat, Sleep, Repeat
When You Thought You'd Never Stand Out
The Day I Lost My Voice (The Suitcase Song)
Pin Your Wings
No One Really Wins
You Have My Attention
Testing The Strong Ones
Photos and Videos:
Testing The Strong Ones
Absolutely fantastic tour. Copeland has no further tour plans for the United States this year. Sherwood has a new album coming out this fall, and a new EP they're selling on their tour for $5. Anchor And Braille's new album "Felt" is out on August 4th which you can still pre-order. Barcelona is still on tour through mid-august.