Boat and the Nightgowns at the Sunset Tavern, Seattle | 7 August 2009
BOAT played the Sunset Tavern last night over in Ballard. They totally rocked it. New songs blowing everybody’s mind, confetti everywhere, and a big I-5 highway shield (but no Wedding Present cover). They passed out shakers for new song God Save The Man Who Isn’t All That Super, which they wrote special for audience shaker participation. We also found out what Dave Crane has been doing every night for the last month (he’s been in his garage creating stage props for their huge October record release gig). BOAT are back from their self-imposed hiatus of recording their new record Setting the Paces (out end of October on Magic Marker) and taking no prisoners. The album is easily the band’s best album yet, and since it doesn’t come out for two months, get a preview of the new songs by getting yourself out of the house and down to a BOAT gig, no excuses!
The other Tacoma band of the evening, Nightgowns were good as well. They seemed much more comfortable in the cozy confines of the Sunset versus the gigantic EMP Skychurch where I saw them a few weeks back. BOAT took a few minutes out of their set to wholeheartedly endorse the Nightgowns album Sing Something, and I couldn’t agree with them more. It’s a sublime underwater new wave experience.
…and the BOAT tour dates.
Aug 8 Backspace (All Ages) – Portland, Oregon
Aug 9 TBA (All Ages!) – Redding, CA
Aug 11 Biko’s Garage – Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 12 Silver Factory – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13 J Dee’s Landing – Palm Springs, CA
Aug 14 The Tin Can – San Diego, CA
Aug 15 Luigi’s Fun Garden – Sacramento, CA
Aug 16 The Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA