Concert Review: Broken Bells & Au Revoir Simone at Humphreys Concerts in San Diego, CA. – April 16, 2014

Published April 20, 2014 by TWTHS

All photos provided by Garcia Borgo photography

Random thoughts from the sold-out (1400 capacity) Broken Bells at Humphrey’s Concerts on the Bay:

  • Broken Bells, well known as the acclaimed duo of James Mercer and Danger Mouse is actually a 4-piece band with marvelously talented multi-instrumentalists and singers for their 2014 tour
  • James Mercer sings and plays guitar and keys – and looking handsome in a suit and dancing!  Yeah, this isn’t the Shins.
  • Brian Burton, aka: the magnificent Danger Mouse plays guitar, drums, keys, bass.    Seriously speaking, Burton is pretty fucking epic.  Anybody who is anybody in the world of music right now would sign the guy up for their roster.   Combining Burton with Mercer’s cunning songwriting and magnificent voice is the best thing to happen since chocolate met peanut butter.
  • Broken Bells’ bass player plays guitar and keys and the drummer also doubled up on guitar.TWTHSBrokenBells_30
  • The usually tame Humphrey’s crowd was standing throughout the set and dancing.   It sounds like this is a rare thing.
  • Broken Bells set started off with a mix of songs (‘Perfect World’, ‘The Ghost Inside’, ‘After the Disco’) from their newest release (After the Disco), but also their 2010 self-titled album
    • James Mercer has the vocal range to give the song ‘After the Disco’ the perfect 70’s feel – when you first hear the song, you think to yourself, “Is this Andy Gibb singing?”
  • After the second song, Mercer said, “Thank you.  We are happy to be here in San Diego.” Audience member shouted back, “The whale’s vagina.” Mercer laughed and responded, “Thank you for that, sir.”
  • Crowd fave was ‘Holding on For Life’
  • The band sounded especially strong on the heavier sounding ‘Meyrin Fields’, this performance was accompanied by a video behind them – images of a body free-falling through space
  • Au Revoir Simone, the opening act, came out to join them on a couple of songs, ‘Medicine’ and ‘The Changing Lights’ (another obvious crowd favorite that had everyone dancing)
  • Au Revoir Simone (trio from Brooklyn) opened with a 7 song set.


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