Photos by Madelyn Crowther
Indie Rock/Dream Pop band Wild Nothing took the 2016 Life of Pause World Tour to the Great Hall on Friday, November 11th. Indie Rock band Small Black, opened the show for them.
The crowd was a mixture of young and old, but they all had one thing in common- their love for Wild Nothing and Small Black. Personally I have never listened to Small Black however, there was much chatter going on throughout the crowd about the upcoming set before the show began at 9:00pm. People spoke about how great they were and how good of a show they put on, and they were not wrong. I did not know what to expect, and they really did put on an enjoyable set. Much of the crowd knew their music and danced and sang along to their eccentric beats and unique riffs, along with some cool synthesizing to top off their unique sound. All band members had an immense amount of energy and put on an entertaining set before Wild Nothing took the stage, hence the technical issues.
Following Small Black, Wild Nothing finally took the stage. There was a large amount of excitement when singer Jack Tatum calmly said, “Hey how’s it going”, before the first song. Throughout the set, there were still some unfortunate technical issues. Tatum’s already quieter vocals were difficult to hear, but the fluid instrumentals certainly made up for it. This was not to say that you could not hear his voice at all, it just could have been way louder. People commented on their shyness and stage presence, as the band was pretty quiet throughout the set- there was not much commentary at all throughout the show. With this being said they are still extremely talented. Wild Nothing perpetuates some of the most unique Dream Indie music out there consisting of extremely unique riffs with hints of electronica, emotional and relatable lyrics, and fluid interludes that you can so easily get lost in such as “Alien” and “Adore”, which were both flawless live performances.
The setlist consisted of the new and the old, which was perfect for newer fans so that they could appreciate the music that they knew, and also discover the old. As for long-term fans like myself who may or may not have seen the band before, even though this tour was the “Life of Pause” tour, it was awesome to be able to hear a little bit of everything. People expected a setlist consisting of just newer music due to the release of his most recent album, but it was about 50/50 which was just right.
If you’re looking for a show that you can get lost in, dance to, and have a fun time, go see Wild Nothing when they are in your area- you won’t regret it.