The Walkmen, Milo Greene & White Arrows @ Fitzgerald’s
The fall music season is in full swing, and with a bounty of festivals in our area fast approaching, I can almost smell the patchouli in the air. With the onslaught of festivals come tours, and the amount of bands hitting Houston is certainly swelling from our late summer drought. This last weekend served as somewhat of a kickoff to my favorite time of year when Fitzgerald’s hosted The Walkmen and Milo Greene upstairs and White Arrows down. There were several other great shows going on around town, so I was expecting it to be a bit under attended, but as soon as The Walkmen came on, the building was nearing capacity.
Read all about the show and check out some more pictures after the jump.
I had seen The Walkmen on numerous occasions and White Arrows once, so going into the show I was most excited about them. Leaving the venue that night was a different story, as I predominantly had opener Milo Greene in my head. A five piece that consisted of four lead singers that shifted instruments more than the replacement refs miss calls and a consistent drummer with a steady pace, Milo Greene had a little bit of everything I wanted to hear that night. Their songs were infectious, and after a choice cover of Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago,” which found them replacing the usual string parts of Sufjan’s version with drum breaks, I scurried over to the merch table to grab a copy of their album. What was great about this band was how they showcased each individual member vocally and instrumentally during each tune. Each of the members could hold their own leading any indie rock or folk act in the vocal department, and the fact that they were all very talented multi-instrumentalists just proves their case as a great band even more. I really dug them, and can’t wait to hear more. After the show was all said and done, I put their record on the player and listened to it front to back three whole times. That’s how good they were.
Next up was The Walkmen, and while I was still buzzing from the opening set, I knew that we were about to get treated to a perfectly intimate and spectacular showcase of tunes. I hadn’t seen The Walkmen since their latest album was released, and with it getting regular spins around the household these days, I was pretty damn excited to see what they could do with the new songs in a live format. Not only did they play the new stuff, it taking up a majority of the set, but they played the shit out of the new stuff. It was all great, and mixed in with older live show staples like “In The New Year” and “On The Water,” was the perfect extension to their already magnificent catalog. For an hour and a half no one had anything but that show on their mind which made for quite the attentive audience – a nice departure from the Beach House show two nights prior. I’ve seen them recently in a festival atmosphere, but I think they need to be in a dark sweaty club for their music to really translate to an audience. Fitzgerald’s is that perfect venue for them. Originally the show was scheduled for the much larger, more cavernous Warehouse Live, which I love as a venue for bigger acts, but I’m really glad they moved it over to Fitz.
After The Walkmen did their dirty work upstairs, I headed down to check out White Arrows, who were already a few songs into their set. I had seen them once prior to this occasion, when they opened up for Grouplove and The Belle Brigade at Fitz nearly a year ago, so I was pretty excited to see them again. I can’t say I watched much of their set, because at that time I was several drinks in, but what I did hear was great again. After snapping a few pictures, I favored conversation over the band, but that had nothing to do with their talent. They are a great band, and I can’t wait to catch them again down the road. Hopefully this time, though, they aren’t bookending two amazing shows and the cocktails that were associated with getting me to the right enjoyment level.