The Shins, Spoon, and Day Wave shine in San Diego!
The Shins w/ Spoon and Day Wave – SDSU Open Air Theatre – 10/1/2017
On a perfect San Diego night a stellar triple bill occurred on October 1st. The packed amphitheater was filled with indie music fans who were ready for action. And that they got.
The night started off with Oakland, California native Jackson Phillips and his band DAY WAVE. These guys make some very melodic breezy indie rock. Songs like “Total Zombie” and “Drag” from his 2015 EP ‘Headcase’ sounded fresh and relevant and brought the crowd some great vibes to start the night off. Day Wave also did an amazing version of New Order’s “Ceremony” that was the highlight of their set.
Next up was Austin, Texas’ finest SPOON. Britt Daniel, founder and guitarist/vocalist for Spoon seemed pumped as the band took the stage during a long keyboard intro and launched into “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” from their phenomenal new album ‘Hot Thoughts’. It’s hard to believe Spoon has nine albums now, so you would think it’s even harder for them to compile a setlist. Heck no! They put together a dream setlist that included fan favorites “I Turn My Camera On” (complete with extended jam intro), “Inside Out” from the bands last album 2014’s ‘They Want My Soul’, and “The Underdog” from 2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’. The latter of which really pleased the crowd and got them dancing. One thing about Spoon is they never disappoint. Having seen them quite a few times it is always a treat to see them, and yet each time is somehow better and Spoon as a band seems to age very well. The new album ‘Hot Thoughts’ delivers some of their best music ever for them, including the title track which slays live. Also from the new album they jammed on “Can I Sit Next To You” and the dark and haunting “I Ain’t The One”. Spoon wrapped up their set with a tight and sweet “Rent I Pay” which only left the crowd wanting more. Why aren’t these guys more huge! Spoon is the shizzle!
As if the night couldn’t get any better next up was music genius James Mercer and his band THE SHINS. The band took the stage by force as they opened with “Caring Is Creepy” from the bands debut album ‘Oh Inverted World’. The sharp guitar lines and Mercer’s at time high pitched and melodic vocals really make the Shins an awesome wonder of the world. The crowd broke out in dance as the band jammed on “Australia” off 2007’s ‘Wincing The Night Away’. As for new music The Shins really shined on new song “Painting a Hole” from their latest album ‘Heartworms’. Another song that never disappoints live for The Shins is “Saint Simon” from their 2003 album ‘Chutes Too Narrow’. The melodies on this song are so sick, it really is quite something. Love it! Another classic Shins song that sounded especially good was “Phantom Limb” also from ‘Wincing…”. James Mercer creates these musical worlds that are so original and special for his songs. One of the encores was probably their most popular song “New Slang”, just so beautiful and heavy, the band really sounded perfect. The finale of the night was the band doing “Sleeping Lessons”, this was a great last song as it’s one that really builds into a frenzy and of course it wouldn’t have been complete without the band going into Tom Petty’s “American Girl” for a bit. The irony of this was the mass shooting happened this night, innocence was lost and the world would be hurting, and hurting even more so as Tom Petty passed away the next day. RIP Tom Petty and all of those murdered and injured in Vegas at Route 91 Fest, and long live music and bands like The Shins, Spoon and Day Wave. After the events recently in Vegas we all need to bond together, and live our lives and continue to support music and in particular concerts. There is something very special about live music, and it’s time to stand our ground and not be swayed or moved. Rock n’ Roll will never die.