Paper Kites Setlist
07/19/16 Rock On! Cruise
07/28/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
07/30/16 Summer Art Market
07/30/16 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
08/03/16 New Haven, CT Bar
08/04/16 Troy, NY The Hangar
08/05/16 Providence, RI Columbus Theater
08/06/16 Denmark, ME Denmark Arts Center
Opening the show was local Victor's Door, who was added to the bill about four days before the event. The trio (singer Emily Landwehr, drummer DJ Landwehr, and bassist Jack Stanek) tested out some new “VDs” (Victor's Door Songs) songs from their recent recording at Signaturetone Recording.
Although shy, distant, and often staring at her feet, when not singing, Lenker did share some personal things about herself - for example, their bassist Max Oleartchik is actually Lenker’s step brother. Or that Big Thief’s secret band member is called “Martha”, an oregano plant (see photo).
Starting their set with a solo ‘Lorraine’ performance, the band started to fill in the music as the song came along. Right at the start, it felt like they were more “jammy”, stretching out their songs with extended instrumental (something that they couldn’t do as a support band, but as headliner, that’s a different story).
With only one album, the band proceeded to play the majority of Masterpiece, however, midway in their set, guitarist Buck Meek sang a solo song on acapella, which I can only guess is called ‘Georgia’. Like Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek actually released a few solo releases, prior to joining Big Thief.
Big Thief recently appeared in Weathervane’s Shaking Through music video for “Mother”, produced by Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple. Watch it on weathervanemusic.org.
Big Thief’s Masterpiece is out now.
Big Thief at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (12 July 2016)