The East Brunswick Club for the second of three sold out shows by Boy & Bear. The first opening act for the evening was Passenger, aka UK singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg. He was great to watch and listen to, with both funny and moving folk songs played on acoustic guitar. His latest album Flight of the Crow has him collaborating with assorted Australian artists, including Boy & Bear, who came out and joined him to sing "Shape of Love" without mics from the middle of the floor. He did a fantastic cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" and had the crowd singing along at the end of his set to "Holes." Next up was Perth alternative band The Chemist. They had the song title of the night with "Heaven's Got a Dress Code." Highlights of their set included the songs "Lullaby #1" and "When the Morning Comes."
It's exciting to see the word spreading about Boy & Bear and how popular they have become. They opened with "The Storm" and then went into their latest single "Blood to Gold." The set was a mix of songs from With Emperor Antarctica and new ones they have written, which are these amazing, epic numbers. All of the bands came onto the stage to sing a cover of Bon Iver's "Flume." Other highlights of the night were "Rabbit Song" and "Mexican Mavis" with its extended intro. I absolutely love this band and their harmonies are just so beautiful and uplifting that you can't help but walk away feeling inspired after seeing them perform.
Here's the video for "Blood to Gold"