Hitting the stage at New York’s Mercury Lounge close to 11 in the evening, Vetiver plugged in and touched down for a quick stateside gig before departing on their European leg. Lead singer Andy Cabic admitted that they were playing a lot of new tunes for the first time to a nearly sold out crowd. Their latest studio release The Errant Charm coincidentally (or not) came out last night. This writer has been a fan since their early days in San Francisco when Andy would jam with one Devendra Banhart. How the years have evolved Vetiver’s sound and it was evident in last night’s show.
Drenched in electric guitar cadences rather than the strums of an acoustic, Andy and gang ripped through the new album with some choice gems from year’s past. One choice new tune, “Hard To Break” envelops warm folksy goodness with an evolving and rollicking sound. Overall the new tracks infuse a warm Californian road trip with a nice stop by the beach. Vet dug into their last album Tight Knit and hashed out “Sister” and the star single “Everyday”.
And for fans from yore, Andy gave “Luna Sea” a more upbeat take. An extra special treat came in the form of a cover of The Go-Between’s “Streets of Your Town”, in which the female keyboardist lent lovely backing vocals. If that wasn’t enough, Andy brought out the 2009 Record Store Day single “Wishing Well” for the encore.
Catch Vetiver at The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 10 as they return from their European tour. Tickets still available here. It will be quite the homecoming. And to send it off a nice track from their latest, “Can’t You Tell.”
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