10 April 2008

White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge - 9 April 2008 (pics, live video)

White Hinterland played Mercury Lounge last night and the chatty talkers were out in full force. During each intimate song there was a certain portion of the back of the room that was full of people talking over the music. It was frustrating, not only as an audience member who'd been looking forward to hearing songs from Phylactery Factory played live, but also very clearly to the band. And why not? When there's a separate bar area in a venue, why stay where the live music is to tell your harrowing tale of dinner at Katz's "that place from the movies"? Oh I get it, it's your world; it's all about you.

In fact, regardless of the rudeness of a few garrulous people in the crowd, it was Casey and crew's "world" last night as they delivered an excellent, if too brief, performance focusing on songs from White Hinterland's 2008 release Phylactery Factory. Perhaps because of the extra noise in the room, White Hinterland's most successful songs were the more rousing songs from the record, "Dreaming of the Plum Trees" and "Napoleon At Waterloo". Which makes sense, but is a real shame. Because the mood set by the candle lanterns and white Christmas lights in lieu of stage lighting could have delivered something extraordinary if the entire audience was intent on listening. Next time I'm thinking The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, or Joe's Pub... someplace where there are people who appreciate the lovely balance of dark/light, loud/quiet, catchy/thoughtful, that is White Hinterland.

If you'd like to experience the loquacious losers at this show for yourself, or would like to see more pictures, there's lots waiting for you after the jump...





Listen:
"Dreaming of the Plum Trees" (from Phylactery Factory)
"I Miss You" (originally by Björk, from Stereogum's tribute to Post)

Watch:
"A Beast Washed Ashore" (live from this show) on YouTube | download QT

See also:
Band of the Week: White Hinterland (Exclusive EF Interview)

See more pictures of White Hinterland (from this show) HERE.

Visit White Hinterland on MySpace.

8 comments:

Mike said...

that is a bummer. But on the plus side, "Loquacious Losers" could be a choice name for a side project?

Anonymous said...

That sucks about the fans. The show in Boston the night before was pretty bad too. Lots of beer drinkin bros.

kyle said...

That's too bad. I was thinking about going out actually to see that show, but wasn't feeling well. Now I dont feel too bad missing it.

kyle said...

I'll catch them next time, i guess.

Anonymous said...

I was at the show, too. It was the third show I've seen at the Mercury Lounge, and at each one the loquacious losers were there in force. I'm not inclined to go back.

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