Crocodile Cafe, Seattle | 28 May 2007
Going to see another show after a weekend spent at Sasquatch may be a bit of overkill, but it wasn’t just any show. The Clientele were in town to promote their beautiful new record, God Save the Clientele. It was produced by Mark Nevers of Lambchop and features some excellent string arrangements by Louis Phillipe. How could I pass up this opportunity?
Since they last played Seattle, the band has added a new member, Mel Draisey to play the violin and keyboards. I thought she would add a lot to their live sound, but I still found myself drawn to Alasdair’s finger picking on the electric guitar. Surprisingly the band played a lot of songs from previous records, not that it’s a bad thing, usually I’m hoping a band will play old favorites. But the new record is so good, I was really wanting to hear those songs. I’m guessing they couldn’t adequately replicate some of the string arrangements live. We did get Here Comes the Phantom, Winter on Victoria Street and Bookshop Casanova, and I Hope I know You from the new one. Alasdair was chipper, giving a fan a hard time for suggesting a slower number after he said they were going to now play some upbeat stuff, saying that’s not a very upbeat one is it? Now pay attention!
Their set was really short ending with a rocking version of The Garden At Night, and if I hadn’t been pretty beat, I would have been disappointed that they played such an abbreviated show. As it was, after an hour set, they came back for a two song encore that consisted of Isn’t Life Strange and a cover of the Television Personalities’ Picture of Dorian Gray. Maybe they were jonesin’ for a smoke, because as I left the Croc the entire band were outside lighting up.