Overcast skies and brief bouts of torrential rain were not enough to deter concertgoers from attending the Death Cab for Cutie concert at The Bomb Factory on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Humid weather gave way to a cool breezy evening with only a brief light misting of rain while waiting in line to enter the venue.
First on stage was Bully, a quartet formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2013. Thin framed and hiding a baby face under long disheveled blonde hair, lead singer Alicia Bognanno (originally from Rosemount, Minnesota) came out on stage with an oversized t-shirt, skinny pants, and gave the impression that a good stiff wind would blow her over. Quite the contrary, as Alicia’s vocals were powerful and at times guttural. The sound that Bully creates is reminiscent of 90’s grunge rock with a slightly heavier edge drawing influences from bands like The Breeders or Veruca Salt. Definitely a great band to catch live. Most of the songs performed that night were from Bully’s debut album, Feels Like, released in 2015 with a few cover songs thrown in the setlist.
Death Cab for Cutie quickly took the stage next in typical DCFC fashion with minimal setup time. Named after the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold to embellish imperfections and not hide the repairs that were made, Kintsugi is the newest album from Death Cab for Cutie and is a perfect title that embodies this beautiful collection of songs in a way that showcases the repairs made as “a thing of beauty.” Most of the songs performed that night were from Kintsugi with Death Cab for Cutie going all the way back to their 1998 debut album Something About Airplanes. Memorable songs that were performed that night included “Grapevine Fires,” “What Sarah Said,” “I Will Posses Your Heart,” and a beautiful solo performance by Ben Gibbard of the song “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”—my all time favorite song of theirs. DCFC finished their set with a three song encore to include a beautiful performance of “Passenger Seat” and “Transalanticism” as the final song of the show, also performed beautifully. Aesthetics aside, even without the beautiful backdrop and lighting, Death Cab for Cutie always delivers a memorable and enthralling experience that will linger with you for days and possibly the rest of your life.
Death Cab for Cutie finishes up their 2016 tour on September 18, 2016 with a final stop at the Toronto Urban Roots Fest in Toronto, Canada. Bully continues their tour throughout the states with one more stop in Texas on November 6, 2016 at Austin’s Sound on Sound Fest and a final stop on November 12, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. I wish both bands safe travels and look forward to catching them live again.