After seeing Alex G headline for Fleet Foxes a couple months ago, I had to trek over to Lawrence to see them again. I’d only been to The Bottleneck once to see Whitney last May, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues because of how small and intimate it is. You can be anywhere in The Bottleneck and still feel close to the band, which is amazing.
I was very impressed with how quickly the show started. Doors opened at 8, and the first opener, Crumb, was on by 8:15. The best way I can describe this band is psychedellic blues. During the last song they switched singers, which is something I love when bands do. At one point the vocalist was singing with the whole mic in his mouth, which was hilarious and (suprisingly) not bad. Crumb doesn’t have very many songs released, but I’m excited to hear more. The other opener was Hovvdy (pronounced Howdy). They weren’t bad, but there wasn’t anything really notable about their performance, either.
Then Alex G came on, and it was hard to tell when one song ended and the next began, because they just kept playing. And that was great for a Tuesday concert, because they knew that everyone just wanted to listen to the music and get some sleep.
Halfway through the concert the lead singer gave an audience member money to buy him alcohol from the bar, so if you haven’t been to the Bottleneck, that’s how close you are to the stage. They proceeded to play what I’m assuming is more drum and guitar-heavy versions of their songs, because they don’t sound like the songs on the setlist. It was still a lot of fun, though.
My favorite part of the concert was that in leiu of playing an encore, the singer took requests from the audience. He played “Mary”, “Sarah”, and a couple other songs. I was hoping they’d play “Brite Boy” or “After Ur Gone”, because they didn’t play those songs when I heard them at the Midland. A lot of people called for “Brite Boy”, but the singer dismissed it because he said it was too slow.
But considering I plan on seeing Alex G perform yet again, I’m sure I’ll hear those songs at some point.
By: Monica Brich