Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Death Cab for Cutie - Merriweather Post Pavilion (6/9/08)

After a stop for burgers, onion rings and milkshakes at Cheeburger Cheeburger, we headed to Merriweather with general admission pit tickets for the Death Cab for Cutie concert. Last time we saw them, it was 6th row at Constitution Hall so I was curious to see 1) how DCFC would come across at a bigger venue and 2) how many people they would try to pack into the pit.

We arrived in plenty of time to catch a good bit of Rogue Wave’s set which sounded pretty solid. After milling about in between sets for a little, I headed to the pit to check out the scene. Hot, steamy, smelly and crowded – that about sums it up. Man, I hate people sometimes. I settled into one of the few open areas and made some room for the LOML as Death Cab opened with “ Bixby Canyon Bridge ” (good call, LOML). We split time between the pit and the lawn – partially because it was crazy hot and also because the sound where we were standing in the pit was horrible. I think DCFC does a great job with their setlists, pulling tunes from earlier in their career and sprinkling them throughout their more popular songs.

As far as how they came across in the bigger venue, they just didn’t look comfortable. Maybe they were trying too hard; maybe it was because it was balls-ass hot and humid; maybe the stage was too big… I don’t know what it was but something just didn’t seem right. With that being said, they put together a hell of a set and encore.

SETLIST (thanks to LY&MT)
Bixby Canyon Bridge
The New Year
Why You’d Want to Live Here
Crooked Teeth
Long Division
Grapevine Fires
A Movie Script Ending
Company Calls
Soul Meets Body
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
I Will Possess Your Heart
Pictures in an Exhibition
The Sound of Settling
Marching Bands of Manhattan

Your Bruise
Title and Registration
No Sunlight
Tiny Vessels

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