On Tuesday night the godfathers of indie rock swept into The Social on the heels of Rain-a-geddon – more commonly known as a thunderstorm in these parts – and proved why they maintained their status for over 20 years. They embody everything that “indie” stands (stood) for. Besides being eligible for a pension from Matador Records they are quirky, fun, somber, experimental, sweet, and can flat-out rock when necessary powered by Ira’s roaring guitar rig.
They opened the show by announcing that there would be 2 sets, the first being determined by the spin of a Wheel of Fortune inspired wheel. Pure chance would determine what Orlando got to hear. It was to be spun by a member of the audience and YLT would have to play whatever the fates imposed. There were 8 categories including: Dump (James’ solo recordings), Sounds of Science Pt.1 OR Pt. 2 (the instrumental recordings of Ira and Georgia), “S” songs (YLT songs beginning with the letter “S”), TV sitcom (they would act out a sitcom, which would be very interesting), and Condo Fucks (YLT’s cover band alter ego) to name a few.
This concept is basically a band saying, “We’ve been playing for over 20 years … fuck it. Let’s make it interesting” It is extremely impressive for a band to have that many songs at the ready and just be able to slide into a set based on the spin of a wheel each night. The second set, a more traditional setlist, will not be repeated from night to night either.
We got “S” songs.
The show exemplified YLT’s style with quiet moments, sing-along moments, low-key and intimate banter followed by flashes of epic rock.