The last Harvest review, I promise!
It was a while ago, but even so, it’s definitely worth mentioning Grizzly Bear‘s live show to anyone on the fence about seeing them anytime in the near future.
Between multi-instrumentalists Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen‘s side-projects (see CANT and Rossen‘s self-titled project respectively) and Taylor‘s rising label of Terrible Records (see Solange for starters), the men of Grizzly Bear have kept themselves very busy 2009′s very successful Veckatimest. And now they’ve returned with a follow-up, with the recently released Shields, which can be found sitting atop year-end lists all over the blogosphere. And as soon as that was released, the band returned to the touring circuit with worldwide dates, getting them back to the well-oiled touring machine that they were back in 2009.
A long ways from home, the Brooklyn four-piece put on a beautifully mesmerizing show as their harmonies, instrumentation, and performance were spot-on throughout the duration of their set. Classic Veckatimest tracks included “Cheerleader”, “Ready, Able”, “While You Wait For The Others”, and the obvious “Two Weeks”, the last of which continues to contain one of indie rock’s most recognizable three-chord progression. One of their oldest tracks, Yellow House‘s “Knife” and “On A Neck, On A Spit” proved to sound as tight as ever even after six years.
And of course there were the new tracks. As vocalists Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen were continuously keeping it fresh by switching up lead and harmonies, various instruments were being layered in typical Grizzly Bear fashion, with a constant stream of reverb. Although “Sleeping Ute” and “Yet Again” undoubtedly proved to be crowd favorites, every other Shields track met great response.
Grizzly Bear proved that like good wine, their live shows only get better as they age. These guys have underratedly been together for ten years, and I honestly don’t see anything stopping them for years to come.