06/30 Twilight Concert Series in Ogden, UT
07/02 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
07/03 Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
07/05 Mod Club in Toronto, ON
07/07 Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa, ON
07/08 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
07/09 Festival D'Été De Québec
07/20 Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia
07/21 The Corner in Melbourne, Australia
07/22 @ Splendour In The Grass
08/27 FYF Festival in Los Angeles, CA
08/28 Revolution Hall in Portland, OR
08/30 Commodore in Vancouver, BC
08/31 Neptune in Seattle, WA
09/01 Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
09/17 Music Farm in Charleston, SC
09/19 Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
09/20 College Street in New Haven, CT
09/21 Webster Hall in New York, NY
09/23 Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
09/24 Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC
09/25 Royale Ballroom in Boston, MA
Singer Spencer Grimes seemed comfortable on stage, doing high energy dance moves and singing to their upbeat music. I don’t think the band’s music can ever be described as depressing.
Peter Bjorn & John
‘Young Folks’ was so uncharacteristic of PB&J, especially because the single was a duet with The Concretes’ Victoria Bergsman and requires constant whistling for the melody. Reading interviews with the band, they have expressed that ‘Young Folks’ was both a blessing and a curse. People have a misconception of the band, but at the same time, they’ve gained new listeners.
Anyway, after a five-year break (their last album Gimme Some came out in 2011), to give room for various solo projects: Peter’s solo albums, Björn’s “Yttling Jazz”, and John’s project Hortlax Cobra. With all that out of the way and a fresh perspective, the trio is back with their catchiest album yet, Breakin’ Point.
Joining the trio were new touring band members, Klaus and Freya, both doing various keys and extra percussions... which is reflective of Breakin’ Point’s synth-heavy new sound. The extra production really adds a fuller sound to BJ&J.
They had a mini-European theme midset, starting with fan-favorites ‘Amsterdam’ and following with ‘Paris 2004’. The two back-to-back Writer's Block songs were incredibly well-received by the audience.
The sequel to ‘Paris 2004’ was new song ‘Do-Si-Do’, which was described as “square-dancing” and “ABBA-esque disco”, and recalls a city that they described as “the Texas of Sweden” because of greasers and moonshine drinking hillbillies.
‘Eyes’ from Gimme Some was super powerpop and begged for a singalong. This was followed by another Gimme Some song ‘Dig a Little Deeper’.
The best song from Breakin’ Point, ‘Dominos’ was played next. This inspired some audience hand-clapping and featured a great upbeat piano part. The song is also PB&J’s latest single, so this should hit radio airwaves fairly soon.
Of course, for the faithful, ‘Young Folks’ was saved for the second song on the encore. They did do a little tease prior to ‘It’s Your Call’, to let us know that yes, ‘Young Folks’ is coming. By the time they were setting up for ‘Young Folks’, the fans were all chanting “Freya! Freya! Freya!” as Freya emerged from the background to take center stage to help sing the duet.
Peter Bjorn & John’s Breakin’ Point is out now.
Peter Bjorn & John at the Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis (23 Jun 2016)