If they walk like a Brit, if they talk like a Brit, and they sing like Charlie Fink, then they must be Noah and the Whale. On Wednesday night, Fink and his band took the 9:30 stage by storm.
Opening band, Dawn Landes and The Perennials, set the tone for the night with their low-key intimate set. Not quite rockabilly, not quite country, Landes’ mellow sound brought the crowd the close and held them in rapture. Her voice fell somewhere between Joss Stone and Alanis Morissette, but was unique unto itself. Her adorable dress matched her adorable personality and she interacted with the crowds as if they were her best friends.
When Noah and the Whale finally took the stage not a single soul was left disappointed by their performance. The set was filled with bow-string-breaking violin playing, a killer drum solo, and Hollywood worthy dueling guitar “shootouts,” and that was just one song. They impressed the crowd song after song with old classics and new favorites.
The entire band had incredible chemistry that was visible in the way that they interacted with each other both during and in between songs. That chemistry translated into their passions for their music and their fans, making the evening a resounding success.
To loosely quote Charlie Fink, it was no coincidence that the government shut down ended as they came into town; good music cures all that ails us, and their music in certainly good. Although good is not nearly a good enough word to describe their folk/rock sound. The concert was certainly a great way to chase away the middle-of-the-week blues, although undoubtedly Thursday was a little tougher to get through than normal for all those who attended.