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Polar Bear Club / Fireworks: live in Greensborolive in Greensboro (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: stagedivecitystagedivecity
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I arrived at Greene St. last night with very high hopes. In support of their new record, Clash Battle Guilt Pride, Polar Bear Club have assembled one of the finest tour packages of the year and I was beyond excited to check it out. This was my second time at Greene St. and it still stands as one of .
I arrived at Greene St. last night with very high hopes. In support of their new record, Clash Battle Guilt Pride, Polar Bear Club have assembled one of the finest tour packages of the year and I was beyond excited to check it out. This was my second time at Greene St. and it still stands as one of the nicest buildings I've seen a show in. Complete with a disco ball and a stripper pole in the green room, it was quite a departure from the usual DIY venues I go to. But it was a nice change of pace.
Then it was onto Balance and Composure. I had seen them in the same room just a few months earlier with the Dear Hunter and dredg, and this time they seemed so much more confident. Maybe because they were a better fit on this tour, or maybe it was because people were actually there to see them this time, but either way they were in their element. The singer even told the crowd to "bang their fucking heads" before "Galena". They mainly stuck with songs off their new record, Separation, but did play a couple off the immensely popular split with Tiger's Jaw after a little audience encouragement (I may have shouted it out a couple times). Highlight of the set for me was the transition from "Burden" to a much longer version of "Void". Very cool change-up.
This was also my second time seeing Fireworks this year and I have to say they fit so much better in the supporting slot than they did as headliners. Since I saw them in May, they've added in a keyboardist which gives them an interesting new layer. Also, the vocalist's voice sounded so much better this time around. Fireworks had no problem taking their time between songs and even played the first couple of lines of "The Impression That I Get" during their stage banter. I was a little disappointed that the set list was mainly made up of songs off their new record, Gospel. I would say the rest of the audience felt the same because you could almost feel the energy pick up during the tracks from 2009's All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion. Even though they didn't play as many of my favorite tracks, it sounded much better and completely changed my view of them as a live band.
Set list (some of these may be out of order):
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