One thing that has come to bother me about our city’s music scene over the years is that bands will come through one of our small venues such as Walter’s, play a well receptive set to a packed room, then altogether skip Houston for several years to follow. When these bands do actually make it back, it’s after a huge swell in their growth, and they end up playing much larger and less personal venues such as House of Blues. One band that most recently did this exact thing was Brooklyn indie-freaksters Yeasayer. They came through with MGMT (another band currently in the same situation, coming to HoB soon…) back in January 2008, and haven’t been to Houston since. Yes, they’ve played Austin on numerous occasions, Dallas as well, but for some reason we didn’t make the grade. Maybe because we’re lacking a non-corporate venue that is between Walter’s and HoB in size, and has a certain indie draw? Hopefully the new Warsaw (formerly The Engine Room) will help us out there.
Despite the two-plus year absence from the Bayou City, I still welcomed them back with open arms, and walked into their show excited to hear them showcase their new material. Check out more from the show after the jump.