Band of Horses, The Earl, 12/28/07

boh.jpgI saw Band of Horses at the Earl last night. Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause opened; I have to say how happy I was to finally see Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause live. I had heard great things, but just never got around to it, and they were pretty amazing. Fun and talented and rocking and I totally dug their cover of Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.” I will be seeing them again, and I recommend you do the same.

Band of Horses opened with “Ghost in My House.” The crowd loved it. Speaking of the crowd, it was a very strange crowd for The Earl – I am guessing a lot of them had never been there before. A curse on the house of the guy continually shouting “Herschel for Heisman!” I mean, I love the Dawgs, too, but shut the hell up, it’s not a football game.

I’m not one for writing down setlists, but I know they played the following songs (there are probably some I’m forgetting):

Great Salt Lake
No One’s Gonna Love You
Detlef Shrempf
The Funeral

“Lamb of the Lam (In the City)” was one of the high points of the show for me. It sounded free-wheeling and joyous. Bridwell played the tambourine with what appeared to be a plastic prop axe. I was a little surprised at the way Bridwell belted out the songs, how great their harmonies sounded, and at the range they seem to have as a band. I liked that their covers showed other facets of their talents than what we’ve seen on their albums: CCR’s “Effigy,” the fairly obscure “Am I a Good Man” by Them Two, and J.J. Cale’s “Thirteen Days” were unexpected choices. They also played a new song, but I didn’t get the name. I think they said it was the first time that they played it. Sounded great, though, and was a fun, upbeat-sounding song. My overall take on BOH is a talented live band who really seemed to enjoy playing for the crowd. And, um, they have great facial hair.

I kind of wish I could see their shows the next few nights, too. If you are seeing their other EARL shows, I’d love to know what you think.

More pics on flickr.

6 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    Just returned from The EARL to report that BoH lived up to my expectations. Tenement Halls were the openers tonight and I was pleased with the set that the performed as well. Luckily there was no one yelling “Herschel for Heisman” at tonight’s show, otherwise it would have been possible for me not to have seen the show in its entirety.

  2. Annie (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    Thanks, Paulie. Did they play any interesting covers?

  3. Skysaw (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    Saw the show on Sunday 12/30.

    Enjoyed it thru and thru.

    No one screaming about football at my show either but at one point I thought some of the women might start throwing their panties on stage, such was their exuberance.

    Fantastic show, though it sounds like the exact same set that Annie saw night #1 (including, strangely, a comment about playing one of the songs for the very first time).

    The guys really threw themselves into it, were obviously having a great time and sounded really tight.

    And, I guess, I’d be more then happy to pay just about anything to get to watch Tyler Ramsey play the guitar for and hour and a half.

  4. spencer (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

    saw them the 29th, as well. good show. they played effigy and 13 days, again. great sound, for the earl, that night.

  5. ed (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

    Saw them on NYE. Well not really, they were feeding the audio into the bar and it was still awesome.

  6. Annie (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    Thanks for the comments, everybody! Ed, what songs did they play on NYE? Same set? Anything interesting happen?

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