James Mercer and the most recent iteration of The Shins made a return to St. Louis at The Pageant, drawing out a sell-out crowd for the occasion.
Shins’ guitarist Jessica Dobson opened the night with her other band, Deep Sea Diver. Make sure you check out Encor.es for some super rad portraits of the band that’ll be coming out soon and if you dug the set, be sure to pick up their record History Speaks on their Bandcamp page.
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The Antlers have a new EP coming out on ANTI- Records later in July, entitled Undersea, and the crowd got a chance to hear some new material, intermingled with songs mostly from Burst Apart. They last rocked out The Firebird, but played a much more subdued set that opted to linger and explore the air of the room. Last note, I find the guitar strikes in “Putting the Dog to Sleep” to be bone-chilling in the best possible way.
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I wasn’t able to stay for much of the Shins’ set, but their progression to begin of “Phantom Limb” – “Caring Is Creepy” -“Simple Song” – “Australia” was quick romp through the catalog. So for those of you in attendance, how’d you like it?
Photo Notes: This was my first show after a few days recovering from retina surgery on my left eye and I had to just call it a night a few songs in to the Shins. Thankfully my right eye is my shooting eye, but the lack of peripheral vision had me bumping into things all night in the photo pit. Lighting-wise, The Antlers were the challenge of the evening, with thick and moody color lighting to perfectly match the tone of their music.