|Fleet Foxes (pictured above) performed live at the|
Raleigh Amphitheater on September 21st with The Walkmen.
The reason I say this was a potential disappointment was because it rained. I suppose that may be an understatement; the skies opened up and absolutely poured. It was bearable at first. We arrived at the venue in time to get seated before it started sprinkling. The rain remained light but steady until about halfway through the opening act. Maybe I was just impatient due to the inclement weather, but the Walkmen failed to hold my attention. I'd heard great things from friends, but really there wasn't a whole lot that stood out to me. It was some fun, danceable, vaguely garage-y pop rock which might have been enjoyable at a smaller club, but in a rainy amphitheater in the middle of downtown, it really didn't do the trick.
|The Walkmen, here performing a special session for|
Seattle's KEXP earlier in September.
Click above to listen.
At this point, Pecknold thanked the audience yet again for toughing out the elements to see them perform; he was cut off by several bolts of lightning, rolling thunder, and a crackling PA system. Pecknold then said something about needing to leave the stage to take a break, at which point the crowd pleaded for another song. The band obliged the request and jammed out one more, despite the fact that no one could hear what song it was since the PA had been broken. Regardless, the crowd went mad yet again, running through aisles of seats and splashing in puddles, until Pecknold and crew were forced to leave the stage and the crowd was invited to wait out the rain from the convention center across the street. At this point, my cohorts and I drove home to get dried off (we couldn't have gotten back in anyway, since the tickets in our pockets had been saturated to a pulp and disintegrated). Regardless, it was a fantastic evening and a memory I will have for the rest of my life. And I didn't get pneumonia from it, so there's that.