Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Noah and The Whale @ San Diego Women's Club Tuesday May 24, 2011

Noah and The Whale, an indie folk rock band from London, will be making the first stop of their upcoming tour this Tuesday in San Diego. This show will be taking place at the intimate San Diego Women’s Club in Banker’s Hill. First and foremost, this is an all ages venue, so there is no reason not to attend. The last time the band was in town, they played a heartwarming set at The Casbah.
Noah and The Whale burst onto the scene with the release of Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down in 2008. Lead singer Charlie Fink wrote all of the songs on the album, and the result was nothing short of amazing for the young band. Former backup vocalist and one time girlfriend Laura Marling became the focal point for the band’s sophomore effort, The First Days of Spring. It became apparent that Mr. Fink and company had moved on from that relationship with a new batch of songs and a new sense of purpose. In a sense, the growth of the band’s music reflects the band members themselves maturing in real life. Moving to the present, Noah and The Whale recently released its third full length, Last Night on Earth, to mixed reviews. This is definitely the most polished production to date, but the folk leanings have almost disappeared on this record. This only shows the band’s willingness to step outside the box and try something different. The songs move with an almost effortless rhythm, which results in a rewarding and pleasant listen.
It promises to be a great evening with the band performing stateside in the comfortable room at the historic building. Having witnessed a number of shows there, I am always impressed with the sound quality and sight lines (not a bad spot in the room). If you were on the fence about attending, do yourself the favor of going to see one of Britain’s youngest and best bands. You will thanking yourself as the songs remain on repeat in your mind long after the show ends.

Bahamas sets the stage.

Wath a video of L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N below.

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