from the forthcoming World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Last night’s show at Three Links in Deep Ellum was booked months before Samuel Herring’s primal dancing seduced David Letterman. Long sold out, it was the rare “event” club show that felt important to those lucky enough to squeeze in.
With keyboardist Gerrit Welmers, bassist William Cashion and touring drummer Michael Lowry skirting the perimeter of the stage, Herring was the unquestioned center of attention. His southern gentleman drawl and Deliverance-era Burt Reynolds good looks charmed the crowd, but his vocal passion and self assured moves whipped them into a frenzy. He took time to lock eyes and grasp hands with those up close, as if to ensure they were truly hearing his words.
On record, Herring’s performances are restrained in comparison to the live show. He wails and growls to emphasize phrases, adding intensity to his uniquely powerful style. And despite a grueling schedule between Coachella and Dallas, he summoned the energy to prowl, groove and bounce about the stage, drenching his Marlon Brando black tee.
It’s hard to say what the ceiling is for a band that describes itself as “too noisy for new wave, too pussy for punk.” With the Letterman meme and crowd slaying shows at SXSW and Coachella behind them, it’s back to the workaday grind of a touring band. Will they be able to use this momentum to slingshot to stardom, or is this their lone moment in the social media sun? As long as Samuel Herring has the fortitude to kick the shit out of every live show, I’m betting on the former.
March 28, 2104 setlist (some performances are from the March 29th show):
Plainsong, Prayers for Rain, A Strange Day, A Night Like This, Stop Dead, Push, In Between Days, 2 Late (Live Debut), Jupiter Crash (First time since 2004), The End of the World, Lovesong, Mint Car, Friday I’m in Love, Doing the Unstuck [not in playlist], Trust, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Harold and Joe (First time since 1991), The Caterpillar, The Walk, Sleep When I’m Dead, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration, Encore 1: If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, Bananafishbones, Play for Today, A Forest, Encore 2: Catch, The Lovecats, Hot Hot Hot!!!, Let’s Go to Bed, Freakshow (First time since 2008), Close to Me [not in playlist], Why Can’t I Be You? [not in playlist], Encore 3: Boys Don’t Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing an Arab
Luminous is out May 5th on XL.