photos by Brian Reilly
"What the crowd of us gathered on the floor and pews of the First Unitarian Church that night received was a two hour set of the bands most recent material, as well as a few of the crowds favorites. After cursory introductions, soft-spoken lead singer Efrim Menuck picked his guitar and proceeded to smash through "I Built Myself A Metal Bird. I Fed My Metal Bird the Wings of Other Metal Birds," backed by Jessica Moss and Sophie Trudeau on violins. Upright bassist Thierry Amar and drummer David Payant also blew away the audience on the bass staff, sending a deep rumble through the floorboards of The Church."That's a review of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's show in Philly the night after they played the Bowery Ballroom (5/16) and two nights after the band played Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/15), which is where the pictures here are from.
NYC songwriter Hannah Marcus opened the Music Hall show, and the Bowery show was opened by soul contenders Sam Mickens' Esctatic Showband & Revue.
The tour is in support of Thee Silver Mt. Zion's latest Kollaps Tradixionales, which came out earlier this year on Constellation Records. A live version of a track off it is above. More pictures and a rough setlist from MHOW are below...
Hannah Marcus @ MHOW
A Silver Mt. Zion @ MHOW
rough setlist for Thee Silver Mt. Zion at MHOW May 15th (via Brian Reilly)
1. Bitch You Ate My Chili Dog (think its their new song, but obviously under
a false name)
2. There Is A Light
3. God Bless Our Dead Marines
4. Black Waters Blowed/Engine Broke Blues (?)
5. 1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound
6. Microphones In The Trees