Noise Pop 2012: Laura Veirs @ Swedish American Hall 2/25/12

The Saturday Noise Pop evening show at the Swedish American Hall featuring Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames made me wish I’d also seen the kids’ matinee earlier in the day. As Laura described during the band’s evening set, many classic “children’s songs” have some inherently darker and more mature themes, making them accessible by all ages. Thankfully, Laura & the Hall of Flames chose to perform a couple of the kids’ tunes from earlier in the day among the Laura Veirs originals, inspiring a healthy dose of nostalgia among the evening audience and demonstrating her unique fortitude as an entertainer.

The headlining performance was especially impressive and entertaining due to the chops from Laura’s bandmates, the Hall of Flames. The male guitarist Guitarist Tim Young busted out something along the lines of “Song of All Songs,” a large sampling of popular songs that rely on the same basic chord progression, and the female multi-instrumentalist Alex Guy played some gorgeous solos on the violin. P.S. – anyone know the names of Laura’s bandmates? The Internet is failing me in this regard.

Tyler Lyle and his band opened Saturday’s show, featuring clear, easygoing vocals and harmonies paired with classic twang. I secretly wished I was sipping whiskey instead of Trumer Pils, but no matter. While Tyler’s band was excellent, it was his gentle and gorgeous solo rendition of “Young Men” that absolutely captivated the audience.

Carlos Forster and his band led warmly into Foxtails Brigade, a local Antenna Farm group that thoroughly impressed with their waltzy, almost Vaudevillian style. After hearing samples of Foxtails’ music for months now and knowing that the band features both Laura Weinbach and Judgement Day’s Anton Patzner, it was wonderful to finally see the band in person.

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