The Sounds Setlist|
For their song finale, singer Jeff Klein spent the entirely of that song walking and singing in the audience, making for a satisfying ending. After their set, drummer Grant Van Amburgh held up a giant photo of Prince, to pay tribute to the late singer who put Minneapolis on the music map of the world.
Although they only have two singles (their debut ‘Going the Distance’ and ‘Small Town’), the band had already impressed fans as opener on a number of dates for Tears For Fears and their single ‘Going the Distance’ was the #1 Most Added title this summer.
Their 9-song, 40-min set, featured mostly unreleased songs from their future James Iha-produced debut record, so we couldn’t actually tell you what their official titles were... but songs were pretty upbeat, but had dark themes of running, breathing, talking, and “no regrets”.
To keep it fresh and interesting, their entire set was filled with a custom light show, often showcasing the band’s logo in the background.
The Sounds’ Maja Ivarsson
Perhaps this was because the year prior, when they were promoting Living in America, the band racked up nearly 500 live shows leading up to their debut. With all the touring, the band learned a few tricks about writing songs that sounded great live, and as a result, Dying to Say This to You sounded as if it was written with that intent. The band spent than half of their 200 shows in America, and so the striking cover photo by singer Maja Ivarsson, was just a glimpse of how the Sounds spent their year in 2006.
Even though the record is now 10 years old, hearing the songs again still sounded as exciting and fresh as we heard the record many years ago. Even Ivarsson admitted that they miss playing some of these songs and show loved it when fans sing back these beloved songs.
After the ten songs, clocking in at nearly 40 minutes, the band resumed with various songs from their other albums, including the title track to Living in America.
Absolutely this is The Sounds’ at their finest and you must not miss this Anniversary show, if they come by your area.
Remaining tour dates:
11.27 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
11.28 Washington, DC The 9:30 Club
11.29 Toronto, ON Mod Club
12.1 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
12.3 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
12.4 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
12.6 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
12.7 Austin, TX Emo's
12.9 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
12.10 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
12.11 San Diego, CA House of Blues
12.13 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theatre
12.14 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theatre
12.15 Santa Ana, CA Observatory OC
12.16 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
12.18 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
12.19 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
12.20 Seattle, WA Showbox
The Sounds at Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis (18 Nov 2016)