The Faversham, Leeds 2010. The venue is tiny. The lucky audience is experiencing a very intimate show. People on the front row are so close that if they reached out they could touch the band. The set list (QRO photo) is neatly placed on the floor, a delightful treat as the audience situated near to the stage can simply read out which song is next.
Throughout the performance it was captivating to watch Ira Wolf Tuton. He plays the bass as if it’s an extension of himself, as if it’s molded to his body; he rhythmically sways back and forth.
Chris Keating takes centre stage; through out the show, he seems to be in an almost dream like stance, at moments in this trance-like state, he opens his mouth as if he is about to taste the sounds. He has a lot of concentration in his eyes. He plays with buttons to set off and adjust different sounds, in addition to having to sing the lead vocals.
Guitarist Anand Wilder has a huge presence on stage, as he bounces around continuously through out the set. He gives out some excellent vocals in particular for the song "O.N.E.".
"The Children", "Ambling Alp", "Madder Red" and "O.N.E." from Yeasayer’s second album Odd Blood (QRO review) went down exceptionally well. The band finished off with their older single "2080", from 2007’s All Hour Cymbals (QRO review), which consisted of beautiful harmonies with a slightly depressing message:
In 2080, I’ll surely be deadSo don’t look ahead, never look aheadIt’s a New Year, I’m glad to be hereIt’s a fresh spring, so let’s sing.In 2080, I’ll surely be deadSo don’t look ahead, never look ahead
On that note (!), it was a great gig full of electronic pop sounds with dominant bass lines and drum beats. A great dance-y, upbeat evening with nostalgic eighties synth sounds. And it was wonderful to catch this band in a compact club, before they start with the arenas.
Yeasayer playing live at The Faversham in Leeds, England, U.K. on February 22th, 2010: