Introducing “💯 Words” a new Dead Audio column dedicated to the concise concert review. Often, we go to shows and take notes, images and analyze the band in order to bring you an in-depth review of of the event in post, but sometimes all it takes is 💯 words.
Moon Taxi – The Weeks – Los Colognes – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, Ky – 8.19.17
Hot off the release of their third album, The Wave, Los Colognes kicked things off for the triple-bill of Nashville bands. Aaron “Mort” Mortenson (drums) kept a steady beat with precise and often intricate time signatures as the guitars wailed in the vain of 60s jam psychedelia. The keys were especially prominent during this set, adding a playful twinkle to the show. Setlist highlights included “Molly B. Good” and a long, winding rendition of “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” you ain’t never heard Dylan like that. Check out Dead Audio’s pre-show interview with Los Colognes.
As The Weeks hit the stage Cyle Barnes (lead vocals) didn’t waste any time getting to his signature strut, arms loosely hanging horizontally like a long-haired scarecrow crooning Southern Revival Rock. Initiating a crowd-following two-step, the band encouraged the crowd to get on their feet..and that’s where they stayed. Playing heavily off their new record, Easy, The Weeks ended on a rowdy, blistering version of “Buttons.”
It’s apparent that Moon Taxi is aiming for the big time. No longer confined to small clubs or bars, the band has found their formula for radio-friendly, anthemic southern indie rock. Frontman Trevor Trundrup commanded the stage, proving he’s a true showman. Silhouetted by a new, impressive light set up Taxi is still touring 2015’s Daybreaker so I was sure we were to hear a lot of new songs from their upcoming album. However “Two High” and “Moving to the City” were the only new cuts. To supplement this, they played a slew of covers including “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) ” (Eurythmics cover), “Imagine” (John Lennon cover), “Hotel California” (The Eagles cover), and “For No One” a nice nod to hometown heroes Houndmouth.