The Other Lives tour feat. Thomas Dybdahl, brought them to Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. You can check out our review after the break.
On a muggy July evening, Other Lives made their triumphant return to Chicago playing songs from their excellent new album, Tamer Animals. Having opened for many great bands in Chicago in the past, they finally had a chance to headline an intimate show at Schuba’s. The band plays a unique brand of folk seemingly inspired by Radiohead.
Opening their far too short set with an extended instrumental featuring everything but a guitar, the band worked their way in to As I Lay My Head Down. Their third song was For 12, the lead single from their newest album, which has been garnering some great press. Other highlights of the set included Dust Bowl III with its searing guitar licks and set closer Weather. Each of the first 8 songs leading up to the encore break were from the new album.
Lead singer Jesse came out alone to play the first encore song on a keyboard by himself. It was the instantly recognizable Black Tables, from their stellar, self titled debut album. After being rejoined by the rest of the band, they broke in to a great rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic The Partisan. Closing the night out with Great Sky from the For 12 single was an obscure choice, but was still met with much excitement.
Opener Thomas Dybdahl, of Norway, made his Chicago debut. His blend of pop and Jeff Buckley-esque vocals were a big hit with the crowd. His very talented band did a great job filling out the songs. Dybdahl also did an excellent job getting the crowd to participate in a couple sing-alongs.
Information about the review…
Tour: Other Lives Tour feat Thomas Dybdahl
Bands: Others Lives and Thomas Dybahl
Venue: Schuba’s Tavern
Date: July 22, 2011