Concert Review: Silversun Pickups with Foals + Joywave – May 4th, 2016 – Myth – Maplewood, MN

Photography and review courtesy Joe Stadele for TWTHS.  Photos may not be used without consent and credit.  Published May 12th, 2016.

Silversun Pickups 16 ©JoeStadelePhotography (124)Satisfaction —  the one word that best sums up Silversun Pickup + Foals + Joywave lineup at the Myth in Maplewood on Thursday night. On one hand, you have SSPU and Foals; proven veterans with the ability to transcend on stage.  SSPU’s live show flawlessly brings the energy off 2015’s Better Nature to the stage.  Foals are in the same boat with the success of 2013’s Holy Fire and 2015’s What Went Down.  On the other hand you have relative newcomers Joywave; a fun opening act who can hold the stage, but could take some notes from their headliners who are standing the test of time.

“Thank you Minneapolis-slash-Twin Cities-quotation marks “Maplewood,” joked Silversun Pickups Brian Aubert.  Silversun Pickups were all smiles Thursday night as the band clearly enjoyed their time on stage.  Lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Aubert’s was all over the floor as he strut to the music.  Nikki Monninger (bass) is constantly in flight as she bounces to Chris Guanlao’s beat.  Joe Lester kept the bands sound flawless on keys as the band performed seven songs from Better Nature, balanced against catalog favorites.   What’s great about SSPU’s live performances is the band seems to get continuously better as they evolve their sound and each performance.  With Nikki sharing vocal duties, “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” feels to be the band at their best, both musically and as a unit.

Foals16 ©JoeStadelePhotography (124)Foals short 11-song set was just enough to wet the appetites of fans and excite those who were unfamiliar.  The Oxford natives returned to the Myth for their first Twin Cities performance since 2013’s tour with Cage The Elephant.  The band’s set was ablaze pulling the best (primarily) from 2015’s What Went Down and 2013’s Holy Fire.  After the urgency of “Snake Oil” and subdued “Olympic Airways,” all bets were off as lead sing/guitarist Yannis Philippakis wasted little time getting the audience involved by, literally, going out into the audience with his guitar during “Providence” and later closed out the show singing and body surfing for “Inhaler” (off 2013’s Holy Fire).

Joywave ©JoeStadelePhotography (111)Opening the evening, Joywave were an interesting experience. Words like: hipster, arrogance, self-reverential, fun, catchy, tight, pleasantly surprising — come to mind.  “We’re playing it again because it’s the best song ever written,” said a confident Armbruster as the band topped off their set by, literally, replaying “Destruction.”  Over the course of their 7 [or 8 depending on how you count it] song set, the band were spot on as vocalist Daniel Armbruster hit the high notes, tirelessly working the audience and making sure the audience knew why he was ironically wearing a Limp Bizkit t-shirt from Ragstock.  Sure, the antics are amusing but beyond the hipster facade, it makes me wonder if band can mature into a band that transcends.  Hopefully, they will take a few notes from their headliners.  


Silversun Pickups’ Setlist

Cradle (Better Nature)
Well Thought Out Twinkles
The Royal We
Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
The Pit
Little Lover’s So Polite
Friendly Fires
Latchkey Kids
Panic Switch
Growing Old Is Getting Old
Lazy Eye
Kissing Families
Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)
The Wild Kind

Foals Setlist
Snake Oil
Olympic Airways
My Number
Spanish Sahara
Red Socks Pugie
Birch Tree
Late Night
Mountain At My Gates
What Went Down

Joywave’s Setlist
Nice House
Bad Dreams
Somebody New
Destruction (redux)

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