Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls & Tracks played Webster Hall (pics, setlist & review)
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor / Tracks
"Who saw us at Party Xpo in 2011?!" asked Joyce Manor frontman Barry Johnson to the response of no one at Webster Hall on Saturday (9/19). "It's okay, there were like 12 people there." It's pretty wild to think of that happening only four years ago now that JM's continued rise has them filling venues the size of Webster Hall (it wasn't sold out, but it was a big crowd). And the excitement of playing to a room that large may have fired Joyce Manor up, because it was one of the most energized shows I've seen from them. Last year's great Never Hungover Again is fully instilled in everyone's brains, so there wasn't a moment where the place wasn't raising fists and screaming every word. (Except, strangely enough, during the Weezer cover!)
Joyce Manor packed 20 songs, encore of "Five Beer Plan" (prefaced by the crowd chanting "FIVE! BEER! PLAN!" instead of "ONE! MORE! SONG!") included, into their set and as usual they pretty much gave us all the favorites. Like at other recent shows, they're incorporating more of Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired than they used to ("Drainage," "Violent Inside," "See How Tame I Can Be?"), and of course tons of the other two. Really great set.
Opening the show was Tracks, the new band from K Records vet Jason Anderson, for whom this is their first-ever tour. They had just put out their debut single "Moonlight" earlier that week (which they played), and like that song pretty much their whole set was anthems from the school of Paul Westerberg. Jason looked like he couldn't be happier to be there, owning the stage like he was headlining Madison Square Garden and yelling "NEW YORK CITY!!!" more than once. I'm not sure how many people went into it knowing the band, but a lot of people looked like Tracks won them over.
Then it was Cheap Girls, who were now playing as a four-piece with singer Ian Graham playing acoustic guitar the whole show (usually they're a trio and he's on bass). Cheap Girls are always great, but I think I like them this way even more. They've always been jangly in a Smoking Popes/early Gin Blossoms kinda way, so having an acoustic guitar in the mix fit perfectly. Their set felt a little shorter than usual too, but all hits.
More pictures and JM's setlist below...
Joyce Manor Setlist (via)
Falling in Love Again
End of the Summer
You Gave Your Love to Me Softly (Weezer cover)
See How Tame I Can Be?
Catalina Fight Song
Five Beer Plan