Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blind Pilot + The Low Anthem

Tour's End - Last Night Together...!
2 Bands You Should Know

Blind Pilot's new album

Blind Pilot and The Low Anthem arrive in Boston Thursday night to play The Paradise. Notably, this is the last night the two acts will play together on this tour. In one showcase tonight, local music fans have a snapshot of two of the most promising bands on tour - at the top of their game. Expect huge things from both acts as they part ways - Blind Pilot heads north on the first of a string of dates with Laura Veirs. The Low Anthem head to Europe for a number of high-profile shows; the first of which in England, is already sold out!


For Portland's Blind Pilot, the ascension has been fast and undeniable. Having shared a stage with The Hold Steady, Counting Crows, Akron/Family and now The Low Anthem, the band has carved a large and loyal following the last year - playing festivals and small halls alike.

Touring as a six-piece, Blind Pilot is Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (Vibraphones), and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet)Unbelievably textured and tangible, the band is making some incredible music these days...

The Low Anthem in action
photograph by Johanna Neufeld

Having seen the Low Anthem up close and personal, backstage and performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival [RSL's outstanding photo album] - we would be not fulfilling our music-blog duties if we didn't point these guys out for you. (We're not alone - Oh My God Charlie Darwin, has been named one of the best albums of the year by Paste Magazine.) If you don't know this Rhode Island act now, this is your chance:

ABOUT THE VIDEO: The video for "Charlie Darwin" was produced by End of the Road Films. Glenn Z Taunton and Simon Taffe, a portion of the design team behind The End of the Road Festival, assembled a small team of painters, carpenters and handymen at a studio in Sussex, England to craft the stop-frame animated video.

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dirkler said...

God I love that Blind Pilot song and video.
But it is so hard to listen to with the youtube compression.

Bummed I opted out to see As Tall As Lions instead of Blind Pilot. ATAL were great but I think I might have enjoyed BP more.

Ah well, next time. (hopefully)

Ryan Spaulding said...

Well, you are in luck... Blind Pilot returns to Boston to play the Middle East Upstairs on Monday 11/16 with Laura Veirs. Should be delightful as it will be an earlier set on my favorite small stage in Boston.