Wednesday night was booming at the Big Easy. The Decemberists, along with their opening act Cass McCombs, played an amazing show to a packed house at the Big Easy last Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The best kind of show is one that begins with a man wearing an old western outfit while reading a dramatic poem. It was quickly apparent that the show was going to be a good one. Cass McCombs played an hour-long set that began with their merch guy reading a poem so dramatic that he was shaking.
The band went on to play many beautiful harmonies and melodies, yet were so modest they only talked about themselves when asked by the audience. By the end of their set, kids who had never heard of Cass McCombs were singing along.
Silence between sets was quickly broken with the entrance of The Decemberists. The members entered the stage banging drums and cymbals and making an all-around racket. The band went on to play nearly every song from their new album Picturesque and several songs from previous albums such as Her Majesty, the Decemberists and Castaways and Cutouts.
The band’s music featured many instruments commonly found on-stage at shows, like guitars, drums, a keyboard and a bass. There were also some more unusual instruments like a banjo, cymbals, an accordion, a theremin and a melodica.
There was never a dull moment during The Decemberists’ two-hour set. From pretend on-stage fights to dancing, the audience was never bored. The energy level was so high the audience began to add quirks of their own. Enough kids started doing spirit fingers towards the tambourine player, that she began to do them back to the audience. The audience also joined in when the band began a rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Before the grand finale, Colin Meloy, lead vocalist and guitar player, made the entire audience sit on the floor.
When two boys towards the front wouldn’t sit down, he hopped into the audience and sat with them.
The show ended with an exciting grand finale of “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” and the entire audience screamed as though they were being swallowed by a whale as the band’s guitar player, Chris Funk, ran around with a giant whale’s head as a stage prop.
For anyone who likes humor, dancing or just good music, The Decemberists are not a band to miss. Until the next time they come to Spokane, check out their new album Picturesque.