At the concert’s start, band members huddle mid-stage as if they were preparing for some kind of hoedown and then quickly broke formation to burst into “Speeches,” a lilting song punctuated by caterwauling vocals. Their cover of B.o.B.’s “Magic” brought out their soulful side but that was the only time they slowed the tempo. “Shake” started slow but built in tempo and eventually became a spirited sing-a-long. Even “Sing It All Away,” a moody track that singer Sarah Blackwood introduced as a new song about having a bad day, was turned into an exuberant anthem. The hip-hop tune “Sometimes” had a few rough spots, but the band’s cover of Jane’s Addiction “Stop” took the song in a different direction and added acoustic guitars and harmony vocals while retaining the tune’s aggressive percussion.
During the three-song encore, the group delivered its most famous cover — a rendition of the Gotye tune “Somebody That I Used to Know” that it performs on a single guitar. While their cover of the song has novelty appeal, the band’s heartfelt rendition really connected with the audience. The group closed out the show with the rather cheesy “Summer Vibe,” but by pulling audience members on stage, it turned the simplistic tune into a real crowd-pleaser that was especially heart-warming given the cold and snowy conditions that waited outside the club.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.