Posted in music | pictures on July 25, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Teenage Fanclub / Honeyblood / Saint Rich @ Pier 84 7/24/2014
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I have never seen so many Big Star t-shirts in one place in my life. It makes sense, of course, given the sonic debt Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub owe to Alex Chilton, but it was still funny to see so many people all with the same idea. (Also a lot of striped tees, including myself.) This was the band's first NYC show in four years, first show anywhere in two years, and only one of two US shows they're doing on this visit. The River Rocks show was a warm-up to this weekend's Merge 25 fest in Carrboro, NC and they all seemed in very good spirits. And sounded great as usual. With no album to plug, I was actually expecting a few more "hits" but TFC have always been a deep cuts kinda band. We did get "The Concept," "Sparky's Dream," "Ain't That Enough" and "Everything Flows" which ended the very lovely night. Setlist is below.

Fellow Glaswegians Honeyblood opened and seemed chuffed to be there. The duo -- Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Shona McVicar -- were a lot scrappier live than they are on their debut album which recently came out via FatCat. It's in the Best Coast vein, just a little more scuffed-up.

Opening the evening were Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich whose take on good-times Southern Rock sounded pretty good in the magic hour by the Hudson. At one point singer Christian Peslak tried to get the crowd lounging on the grass to come up closer to the stage but Steve Marion cut him off, "Just let 'em sit in the grass, dude!" Saint Rich are definitely grass music.

The final River Rocks show of the season happens August 7 with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires. More pics from last night's Teenage Fanclub show below...

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SETLIST: Teenage Fanclub @ Pier 84 7/24/2014
Start Again
Sometimes I Don't Need To Believe In Anything
It's All In My Mind
Take the Long Way Round
The Past
Don't Look Back
I Don't Want Control Of You
About You
I Need Direction
Baby Lee
Can't Feel My Soul
When I Still Have Thee
Your Love Is The Place Where I Come From
Ain't That Enough
The Concept
Encore:
Sparky's Dream
Everything Flows

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Comments (21)

How in the world did they not play Star Sign??

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:28 PM

Ever since their debut I've always wanted to see Fanclub, but with only 2 dates it looks like I won't come close on this visit to the states. Everything Flows remains one of my favorite songs ever - and the shot of Georgia and Ida in the crowd is awesome!

Posted by fak3r | July 25, 2014 12:35 PM

Not sure how this band gets away with playing only one song from its best and most well-known album. No Star Sign? No What You Do To Me? Terrible!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:42 PM

most well-known album, yes. best? that might be a popular opinion, but i find it very debatable.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:44 PM

'Howdy!' is actually my favorite. I also really like 'Songs from Northern Britain' too. And the others. But yeah we coulda used more Bandwagonesque.

-bill

Posted by bill p | July 25, 2014 12:46 PM

was Ira in VIP?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:46 PM

Every Teenage Fanclub song is a hit though!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:47 PM

Smart move cloning Bill. I also saw him at Wytches last night, and he also posted instagrams from Baby's.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:49 PM

@12:49,

It was a busy night! also i am very tired today.

-bill

Posted by bill p | July 25, 2014 12:51 PM

yeah, bill p-- they definitely don't have a bad album and every one has at least a few classics on it. i'd go for Songs From Northern Britain as my fave, as far as cover to cover listening experience goes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:59 PM

Grand Prix for me. I dream of seeing them play "The Cabbage," though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 1:23 PM

The set leaned heavily on 1997 and on Fanclub and I personally had no issue with that whatsoever. That said...What You Do To Me would have been nice. But it didn't matter. It was a lovely summer evening.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 1:51 PM

this is the best venue for free shows this summer. weather was been amazing for wild beasts and TFC.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 2:09 PM

A perfect evening
Music, sunset, weather and
I still have a soft spot for "Baby Lee"
a classic power-pop song

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 2:12 PM

Does anyone like Thirteen or is just me and my teenage nostalgia? I love that album.

Posted by Whiteguy | July 25, 2014 2:45 PM

Thirteen is a solid album. They don't play 'Hang On' ever, and that is an amazing song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 3:16 PM

Fantastic, amazing, show on a beautiful night. Kind of night that makes one happy to live here!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 3:41 PM

It was so great last night. Beautiful surroundings and a great vibe in the crowd. And I was happy to hear so many songs from Songs From Northern Britain.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 4:18 PM

whoever drew a dick on st rich's shirt did a terrible job

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 4:39 PM

Thirteen is so great and so underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 5:18 PM

Bandwagonesque is far from their best album, and the band realizes that songs from northern Britain and Grand Prix are their crowning achievements and played 9 songs from those 2 albums. It was a magical show that had multiple singalong a especially during ain't that enough.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2014 11:49 AM

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