Some nights things just don’t seem to work and due to some mono vs. stereo issue (that’s as much as this non-techie could pick up on) that was the case for Peter Wolf Crier’s set opening for Dawes at The Gargoyle. I’ve seen other bands leave the stage over audio problems, so when the microphones refused to pick up singer Peter Pisano’s vocals, I’m sure more than a few of us were apprehensive about the evening becoming a complete disaster. Thankfully the Minneapolis duo adjusted their game plan and flipped it into an opportunity to deliver a memorable set.
When it became clear mid-set that the vocals weren’t coming back on, Pisano called a quick audible with drummer Brian Moen and walked out into the crowd for a song. When he returned to the stage, he abandoned the microphone for the remainder of the set and just sang directly to the crowd. People sat down, put away their phones and just quietly listened to their down-home folk songs. No quitting, no complaining, no blaming. Just great music.
-I really wanted to pick up a vinyl version of Inter-Be (love the cover), but I already had plans on getting the Dawes album. Hopefully they’ll be back again.
-The band seemed to genuinely feel bad about the way their set turned out and invited everyone to look them up the next time they were in Minneapolis. I tend to have connecting flights through there. Wonder if I can convince them to play in the terminal next time I’m there.
-Last time we saw the pair come through town, it was supporting Freelance Whales at Off Broadway.