I’m having hard time feeling motivated to do CAT’s anymore so I don’t think I’ll be doing them as frequently anymore. I’m sure I might do one everyone once in a while, like for an album that’s relevant to whatever’s happening during a certain week. But for now I thought I’d reflect on a concert I attended with fellow Cat Fancy members John Otteni and Matt Carstens about three days ago, Death Cab for Cutie with opening acts New Pornographers and Ra Ra Riot.
The concert was held at Marymoor Park in Redmond, which was pretty cool. It seems like every concert I’ve been to I’ve had to devote a large chunk of my day before hand just getting to the concert. But with this one I was able to get off of work two hours before the concert, then meet up with John and Nancy and arrive at Marymoor with plenty of time to spare. Luckily, we were even able to get a spot right near the stage to view the concert.
First Act: Ra Ra Riot
I’ve been a fan of Ra Ra Riot after hearing their debut album that was released last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing them live. They have a great live energy, and seeing them live really added to my apprectiation of their music. I really loved seeing how the cellist, violinist, and guitarist are all doing this very different things melodically and yet it all fits together so perfectly. The only real complaint I had was that it felt like their set wasn’t that long, but looking back on it, it looks like they played pretty much all the songs from their only album, so I guess that’s not even worth complaining about, especially for an opening act. I’d definitely like to see them again sometime in the near future.
Second Act: The New Pornographers
I’ve never really gotten into the New Pornographers despite Matt’s infatuation with them, but I’ve still always enjoyed their music, just not enough to listen to any of their albums. I had remembered seeing pictures of them before and remembering them seeming pretty old as far as the age of their band members. Then they walked out onstage and my memory served me correct, most of them looked like they were around forty, except the base player looked like he had to be at least 50 years old.
Their set was good, pretty much what I expected though. According to Matt their set list was a pretty random collection of their songs, although he seemed to enjoy their set nonetheless. However, Matt was still pissed Niko Case wasn’t performing with them, which I can understand, although I wasn’t expecting her to be there. Before the concert he said seeing The New Pornographers live was going to be the pinnacle of his life, or something like that, so I’m glad I was able to make that happen for him.
Headliners: Death Cab For Cutie
About a half hour or so after New Pornographers, Death Cab For Cutie took the stage, launching into “The Employment Pages”, “Your Heart Is An Empty Room”, and “The New Year”. So from the beginning the set consisted of songs from throughout Death Cab’s discography. I think they only played about five songs from their newest album, and just one from their recently-released Open Door EP. I kind of wish I had listened to more of Death Cab’s early stuff before the concert, because they certainly played a lot of it, and I haven’t really listened to anything before Transatlanticism.
Though Death Cab isn’t really the kind of band that usually rock’s that hard, they were still an enjoyable act to watch. Singer Ben Gibbard and guitarist Chris Walla had a nice dynamic going as they would trade of on lead and rhythm guitar duties as well as keyboard duty. Probably the most memorable song was the extended version of “I Will Possess Your Heart”, it was pretty cool to see Death Cab jam off of the first part of the song live.
So all in all it was a damn fine concert, it was the first time I’ve seen more than two acts on a bill, and the fact that both opening acts as well as the headliners were great just made an overall memorable concert. It seems I have a hard time seeing more than one concert a year, and if this ends up being the only one I see until next summer, I guess I’d be alright with it, because it was definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen.
Death Cab For Cutie Setlist
1. The Employment Pages
2. Your Heart Is an Empty Room
3. The New Year
4. Crooked Teeth
5. President of What?
7. No Sunlight
8. Title Track
9. Grapevine Fires
10. I Will Possess Your Heart
11. I Was A Kaleidoscope
12. Little Bribes
14. Fake Frowns
15. Long Division
16. Soul Meets Body
17. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
18. A Movie Script Ending
19. What Sarah Said