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the Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & Wild Nothing played Governors Island – pics, video & setlists

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Morning Benders
Morning Benders

Wild Nothing opened the night with a blistering set of tunes that had me groovin’….

Freelance Whales were up next, and I had high hopes for their set….The band was good, but not great…

The Morning Benders played an incredible set the last time I saw them at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg. I didn’t think they would be able to top it, but the did. With the devastatingly beautiful backdrop of NYC accompanying them, there was nothing but good vibes floating all round their performances…

…the band played a great cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams”. The guys nailed it down so well that one wouldn’t be at fault for mistaking the song as a morning benders original.

That wasn’t the only cover that they did. The band also covered Joy Division’s “Ceremony”, which Chris said was one of his favorite songs….The set ended with the always incredible “Excuses” which brought a huge singalong from the crowd… [We All Want Someone]

The second of the summer’s free Converse Presents: Gone to Governors shows on Governors Island happened on Saturday night (June 19th) with sets by the Morning Benders, Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing. Like the first (Yeasayer) show, the space filled up, this time about an hour before the music (though they let some more people on to ferrys around 8:30, after the beer fest that was also happening on the island emptied out).

The next show in the Gone to Governors series happens on July 3rd with Portugal. The Man and Alberta Cross (that’s a day before She & Him play a July 4th free show on the island with Oakley Hall).

For the Dr. Dog show now happening on Sunday, August 15th (note the date change), atmospheric indie-folk-rock Chief have been added to one of the opening slots.

More pictures from Saturday with the setlists and some videos are below…

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Wild Nothing…

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Freelance Whales…

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The Morning Benders…

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The Morning Benders- “Stitches” live at Governors Island on 6/19/2010

The Morning Benders- “Excuses” live at Governors Island on 6/19/2010

Dreams – The Morning Benders (Fleetwood Mac cover) @ Governors Island

Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor (Governors Island)

Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday @ Governors Island

The Morning Benders’ actual setlist
1. Stitches
2. Promises
3. Wet Cement
4. Mason Jar
5. Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
6. Hand Me Downs
7. Pleasure Sighs
8. Ceremony (Joy Division Cover)
9. Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)
10. All Day Daylight
11. Excuses

the Morning Benders written Setlist
Stitches
Promises
Wet Cement
Mason Jar
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
Hand Me Downs
Pleasure Sighs
Cold War
All Day Day Light
Excuses
Grab a Stranger
Ceremony (New Order Cover)

Freelance Whales at Governors Island June 19th 2010 setlist
1. Hannah
2. Location
3. Generator ^ First Floor
4. Starring
5. Ghosting
6. We Could Be Friends
7. Kilojoules
8. Generator ^ Second Floor

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