Fans at the House of Blues on Wednesday got a little kick in the middle of their week when Yeasayer dropped into Dallas on tour for their newest album, Fragrant World, bringing the experimental rock and the dance party along with them.
The front row was jam-packed before opening act Daedalus even took to the stage, and the room filled even quicker when he bombarded the crowd with his infectious, dance move-inducing beats.
Perhaps a lesser known artist but certainly not one for lack of talent, Daedalus took HoB listeners on an oscillating ride through quick tempos, bursts of dubstep-inspired bass drops and razor-sharp robotic flicks of the wrist with each record scratch. Within the matter of a couple tracks it was safe to say he’d won everyone over just by a quick scan of the room, rarely seeing a soul standing perfectly still during his set.
Some murmurings I caught throughout the crowd posed the question as to whether anything would top Daedalus’ set – I expect he’s gained quite a following from the Dallas crowd after the one performance alone.
And then he and his glorious sideburns segued into Yeasayer’s appearance, which came just moments after he’d left the stage.
Mirroring Daedalus’ robotic movements was Yeasayer’s grand entrance – a pitch-black stage with ominous cyborg voiceover welcoming the people of Dallas and riling up the first track of the night.
And then they took off. These guys don’t waste a second to really dig into their music and quite literally let it overcome them. Guitarist Anand Wilder in particular was the one to watch, lifting his head up to the heavens and swaying around a good third of the stage as he played.
See for yourself in this picture – I would say this is the face of someone fully invested in his performance.
Frontman Chris Keating himself was a bit alien-like throughout the night, as indie fans must be aware is not necessarily a rare sight in psychedelic, experimental bands such as Yeasayer. But paired with the fantastic lighting consistently changing from bright white, to purple, to the spotted pattern of the pyramids on the wall, provided a truly special experience Yeasayer can claim as their specialty.
Just look at Ira. It’s like looking into a rainbow.
The guys busted out crowd favorites “Henrietta” and “Longevity” within the first four tracks, ensuring big audience participation from the get-go and massive sing-a-longs – or what we could consider sing-a-longs, anyway, because has anyone really found the lyrics to “Longevity” yet? Surely they’re not saying “Diamonds in the tape-in/What the f–k it?” like I have always sung.
Or maybe those are the real words. I wouldn’t put it past them. Love you for it, you beautiful, cryptic men, you.
Band classics like “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp” also got their due course and kept the dance moves flowing throughout the 90-minute set. A shout-out to the people on the balcony for raging in the very front seats – it’s always important to keep the joy circulating throughout the room, especially on the second floor, and a group of five or six dedicated fans did just that.
A majority of the Fragrant World tracks were gloriously presented throughout the night as well, including “Blue Paper,” “Devil and the Deed,” “Demon Road,” and “Reagan’s Skeleton,” serving up a good blend of the band’s best oldies and favorite newcomers.
I’ve still got the dancing spirit in me, I don’t know about you all.
Check out our photo gallery from the show here. It’s guaranteed to take you on a journey full of lights, color, and yeasaying.