PS Eliot on reunion tour now (videos from SF, review/setlist from Chicago)
by Zack Baker
Philadelphia indie-punk band P.S. Eliot are currently on a short reunion tour celebrating their new archival release on Don Giovanni (2007-2011). We just caught the tour at Chicago's Subterranean on Tuesday, September 13.
P.S. Eliot was born from the collaboration of sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, who went on to form Waxahatchee and Swearin' respectively, among other projects. (And Allison now backs Katie at Waxahatchee's live shows too.) The sisters have gained a lot more fame since P.S. Eliot's 2011 breakup, and it's only helped this band's cult following grow.
P.S. Eliot packed its setlist with songs that the rabid crowd was hungry for. "Sadie" and "Asphalt" got the crowd dancing and softly singing along, but nothing matched the whole-crowd sing-a-long for encore-closer "Tennessee." (The full setlist is pictured below.) It was clear that these songs already held so much power, but it was also impossible to deny that Katie and Allison -- having spent the last few years playing to bigger crowds than ever before -- were tighter musicians and better performers than they'd ever been.
P.S. Eliot's reunion tour features a range of supporting acts, with Chicago's show bringing out the nearby Wisconsin band Proud Parents (who P.S. Eliot borrowed "literally all of their gear from") and Champaign's Nectar to get the tightly packed crowd into the right mindset. Nectar was a natural pairing for P.S. Eliot, running through quick pop-punk cuts at a breakneck pace. The influence of the Crutchfield sisters wasn't hard to notice in Nectar's set, but the opener's guitar solos set them well enough apart to avoid feeling like a replica.
The tour began at LA's Echo on September 9 and hit San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop the next night. Here are some videos from the SF show:
The tour's next show is in Brooklyn on Thursday (9/15) at Market Hotel with Ought, Aye Nako and Adult Mom. That's a cool bill all around, and it's sold out. All remaining dates are listed below.
P.S. Eliot -- 9/13/16 Setlist -- Chicago, IL
We'd Never Agree
Bear Named Otis
Shitty & Tragic
Like How You Are
Watch On Mute
P.S. Eliot — 2016 Tour Dates
9.15.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel w/ Ought, Aye Nako, Adult Mom
9.16.16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ New Alternative Music Festival
9.19.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Radiator Hospital, Pouty