My college roomie introduced me to the band Freelance Whales a few months ago (she is the best at finding great music!) and it's been a musical love affair ever since. Last night Drea and I took our faux-Indie selves over to the Great American Music Hall to check out a live performance. We also got to enjoy performances by The Naked and Famous and Foals (who were both really great, but our hearts belonged to Freelance Whales for the night).
Skinny jeans and flats? Check.
Stoned looking smiles? Check. (Disclaimer: we were not actually stoned! Though some other fans, in typical San Francisco fashion, were unabashedly lighting up in crowd)...
Freelance Whales jamming...
3 vodka sodas leads to snack attack....
During their song "Hannah" I shouted the lyrics "Every now and then she offers me a lemon Now-and-Later" so loud that Nicole Mourelatos a.k.a. Doris Flynn Cellar (bass, harmonium, glockenspiel, synthesizer, vocals) looked up at us with a huge smile! Even the cool British chick standing next to us said "did you see her look at you?!". Yes cool British chick, yes I did.
As the band was breaking down their set (yep, no roadies for this crew--they took care of their own stuff) I shouted down to Chuck Criss (banjo, bass, synthesizer, glockenspiel, harmonium, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals) "Hey Freelance Whale!" ...he looks up and smiles..."You guys were awesome." ...he waves and says "thanks!". Can you believe the list of instruments that these peeps can each play? They were playing musical chairs all night; hopping from one instrument to another, switching in between songs. I can barely whistle and they each can play, like, 8 instruments a piece. Man I'm so uncool.
If you've never heard of them, check 'em out. Their song "The Great Estate" is my favorite and gave me chills to hear them play live.
Happy Friday, folks. Sunshine and smiles to you all :)
In Musical Gratitude,