By: Derek Jung
While Switchfoot mulls their future (going on indefinite hiatus except for a short tour this summer), lead singer Jon Foreman is out on the road promoting his new documentary 25 In 24, where he played 25 different shows in 24 hours around his hometown of San Diego, CA. The evening began with a viewing of the movie, which was a little over an hour long and did a fairly good job showing just how chaotic and unpredictable the day was. It also focused on the power of community and friendship, which gave it a nice, uplifting tone. For someone like Foreman, that's pretty much expected, and even one of his crew members was unconsciously giving the "hang ten" hand signal on a balmy, thirty degree Ohio afternoon.
After the movie there was a brief intermission while gear was set up for the show, during which fans wrote down there sound requests on paper, napkins, paper plates - whatever they could find that could be written on and tossed around Jon's microphone stand. By the time the show started, his entire area was covered. I was pleasantly surprised that the set started with the opening track from the movie, "Beyond The Sea", which was also its live debut. Foreman was flanked by a cellist and a drummer, and both share a quality of Jon that I most admire. They all exude a constant positive energy that's infectious.
Maybe it's that California surf.
Beyond The Sea (Live Debut)
Meant to Live (Switchfoot cover)
Patron Saint of Rock and Roll
Vice Verses (Switchfoot cover)
Live It Well (Switchfoot cover)
Only Hope (Switchfoot cover)
Before Our Time
Dare You to Move (Switchfoot cover)
Heart of Gold / I Won't Back Down / Knocking on Heaven's Door
All of God's Children
Your Love Is Strong
By: Derek Jung
Everyone has an off night, right?
That's what I kept telling myself as I drove home from my sixth Dawg Yawp show in the last two years. The duo, which has become one of my favorite Cincinnati bands and has seen a meteoric rise since they became the darlings of the now-defunct AAA radio station WNKU, highlighted by an appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk last year. This past weekend they performed at Woodward Theater to start their yearly touring pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for SXSW. It was not the start they were looking for. From the very beginning of the set it was clear that something was off. They started with "Can't Think", one of my favorite songs of theirs, and it sounded lifeless. Tyler's sitar was very low in the mix, which brought the song down. Fast forward twenty minutes and a few poor song choices later, and the crowd was beginning to noticeably thin out. By this point I was a pretty far through the traditional steps of grief. Denial? Check. Anger? Absolutely. Bargaining? Perhaps better described as praying for better song choices in exchange for buying a piece of merch or another drink. Depression struck about half an hour into the set, as the conversations around me got louder and the band's quiet sound got muddied even more. The set was a death spiral and there was no stopping it. It was around this point that I reached the last stage, Acceptance. I knew this was a bad set and there was no saving it. I even forgot to snap a picture before we left. Oh well.
The silver lining:
A) There's new music from Dawg Yawp on the horizon
B) The opener, This Pine Box, was absolutely fantastic.
Until next time, yawpers.
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