Published by JB.
Despite playing in one of the worst venues in the history of bad venues, Ernest Greene’s Washed Out touring lineup sparkled during a brisk 75-minute pop-filled set – pulling equally from Washed Out’s three major releases. From a klutzy onstage collection in 2011 to a menagerie of musicians and instruments in 2014, Washed Out’s live show has progressed much like Greene’s studio efforts – pulsating forward while combining color with sound. His last two albums have been remarkably beautiful efforts – both combining hypnotic vocals with catchy, electronic melodies.
Opening with the dazzling Beatles-esque ‘It All Feels Right’ Greene began his juggling act between guitars, keyboards, computers and everything else he could find a spot for onstage. It fits well with the theme of 2013’s Paracosm – a wide ranging collection of beautiful electronic pop with a plethora of instruments and hidden sounds. Onstage Greene’s biggest struggle (his solo vocals) are layered by the additional band members, benefitting similarly as his multi-tracked vocals do on his studio releases. It’s a brilliant step as the multiple layers create a choir of melody at times and add to the ethereal, buoyant quality of the songs. While it’s clear they haven’t fully peaked as a band, they’re an exciting blend of talent.
The Blue Moose Tap venue is piece of schlock. Shit for sound, too low of a stage, too hot inside on a day that isn’t hot, no security pit and generally a black eye for a group like Washed Out that has headlined and sold out venues such as Minneapolis’s First Avenue. The venue is an outhouse on the list touring options for an aspiring band.