05.05.10 | Shout Out Louds | Webster Hall

Freelance Whales

Shout Out Louds

The evening began with local band, Freelance Whales. A friend had recommended them to me, and after listening to a few tracks online, I was interested to see their live show. What I came away with, is that the band is not ready to perform at this caliber of tour, at this sort of venue. While I like their music, I think it is too referential, calling on their more established forefathers like Loney Dear and the Fruit Bats. Freelance Whales are too caught up in regurgitating their album on stage, maintaining every fade out and five part harmony. There are too many bells and whistles, too much damn whimsy, that detracts from their potential as performers. Their stage presence is locked in dumbfounded awe at their grand luck in being able to land the opening gig for the Shout Out Louds. I will check back in a few years after the Freelance Whales have grown some hair on their chest to see what they have to offer.

As I waited for the Shout Out Louds to come on, smoke began filling the club. Loud banging and whirring as white smoke billowed out. It was just the smoke machine, bringing it back to pre-smoking ban days. Then the sounds of strings tuning, a sound I remember fondly from my days playing in the youth symphony. The tuning went on for a good ten minutes, and from the smoke rose the Shout Out Louds, looking dapper as ever, dressed in white. Their 60 minute set list included many old favorites and a few off the new album Work. Though on their albums they may sound frail and mellow, their live show is great!

Full set list:

  1. 1999
  2. Stones
  3. The Comeback
  4. Play the Game
  5. Tonight I Have to Leave It
  6. Moon
  7. Show Me Something New
  8. Candle Burned Out
  9. Please Please Please
  10. Fall Hard
  11. Too Late Too Slow
  12. Go Sadness
  13. Normandie
  14. South America
  15. Very Loud


  1. Impossible
  2. Dreaming
  3. Walls

Hmm I just read some reviews about them/the show and someone commented that they are just a Cure cover band. I'm surprised I didn't hear the Cure connection until now. But yeah, they're right. That explains why I like them.

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