How to Dress Well Setlist
09/30 Boston, MA The SinclairRead More
10/1 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
10/4 ||New York, NY Webster Hall
10/ 6 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
10/8 Atlanta, GA The Earl
10/9 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge
10/10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/11 Austin, TX The Parish
10/13 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
10/14 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
10/15-10/16 Treasure Island Music Festival
10/18 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/19 Seattle, WA Neumos
10/20 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
11/10 Paris, France Point Ephemere
11/11 Brussels, Belgium Botanique - Rotonde
11/14 Amsterdam, Netherlands OT301
11/15 Hamburg, Germany Hakken
11/16 Berlin, Germany Gretchen
11/18 Copenhagen, Denmark Rust
11/19 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Strand
11/21 London, England Village Underground
11/23 Glasgow, Scotland Stereo
11/24 Manchester, England Band On The Wall
The night was headlined by How To Dress Well. HTDW released a new CD just two days ago called Care. The lyrics are literally about how to care for one another, the world, and, most importantly, yourself. The lyrics are deep and meaningful. When you mix that with the personality of mastermind Tom Krell, you get a set full of emotions, feelings, and great music.
Even though I expected a dapper man to come out in a suit all dressed up per the band name, Krell came out in a pair of overalls. He charmed the crowd with every word he said and had us all chuckling during the Q&A sections of the show (he answered a couple of questions from the crowd between songs). He had a sense of humor about him when answering the questions and talking with the crowd but as soon as he started singing again you could tell his was all business.
Krell’s voice really stands out among the muddied instruments going on in the background. The amount of vocal effects he uses is insane but perfect. It doesn't sound as robotic as you would think with all of the effects. You can tell the band, although sounding a bit muddied and foggy, is more than talented and really does a good job of enhancing Tom's voice. The backing band featured Hart of Ex Reyes and the female keyboardist of Ex Reyes. The drummer was the only face other than Tom that hadn't been seen on stage. Although half of the band had already played, it was hard to tell that the two bands had any connection because they were so different.
The softspoken vocals of Ex Reyes were replaced by the powerful vocal chords of Krell. The almost psychedelic feeling was still there but with HTDW it felt a bit more electronic due to all of the samples and vocal effects. The two bands may have been completely different but they definitely complimented each other well.
How to Dress Well at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (24 September 2016)