If you imagine a ratio of bass punch (from the drum kit alone, in the chest, you know the sort) to musical tempo, then Band of Horses reached new heights with their opener, Monsters, the penultimate track on Everything all the Time, and a somewhat hidden gem in my eyes.
The rest of the set rocked too, although the middle section did lack a bit of shape and with so many band members on stage the sound did end up a little bit crowded in a venue as small as the Thekla.
All the highlights from both albums were there, and what a lot of them there are, especially given that the albums themselves are fairly short. The track written by keyboard player Ryan Monroe was a cool interlude. Weed Party rocked, and was the only point when I thought that someone might actually start crowd surfing. First album classics Funeral and Our Swords were essential components of the set, but the surprise highlight for me came at the end with General Specific, when the band really seemed to hit their stride.
All in all no big surprises in this show, but good to see the band in person.
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