Bright Eyes @ Palladium Ballroom
Photos By: Meghan Klement
The last time I truly listened to Bright Eyes I was in high school, so when the opportunity to see them arose I didn’t really know what to expect from their show. I was completely out of tune (pun intended) with anything they had done since I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, and I wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to reconnect with them after so much time. Would their poingant lyrics and cheerful yet somber melodies be enough to win me back? Yes. Read the rest after the jump.
The show started great. The first couple songs included We Are Nowhere And It’s Now and Jejune Stars, which are both a true reflection of the band’s style and talent. Conor swooned us with his introspective lyrics, and Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott impressed us with their expertise on a wide range of intruments including the trumpet, accordion, and steel guitar. As the show continued they held the audience with dynamic interchanges of greiving piano solos, chest-pounding bass lines, and acoustic interludes. It was nice to see that they were still being true to the Bright Eyes I once knew, but had also developed into something more deliberate and esoteric.
They went into the middle of their set with Lover I Don’t Have to Love, a song I was very excited to hear even though I don’t think they get much enjoyment out of playing it anymore. It was very moving and an obvious crowd favorite. They used the energy of the audience on that song to immediately move into a clap along/sing along Shell Games. Through the end of their set they played a balance of feel-good songs and slow-paced meloncholie tunes. They were setting you up for a solid encore that comprised of at least four songs, including a cameo of First Aid Kit, their Swiss touring partners, on Lua. Bright Eyes left Dallas to complete the rest of their tour in promotion of their newest album, The People’s Key.