There’s something about Freelance Whales…their easygoing attitude, their refreshing and complex musicality, their friendliness before, during, and after a show, their use of many instruments, and their ability to put on one amazing show.
The show was XPN’s concert pick of the day, and for good reason. Miniature Tigers opened the show with a great set; their 2009 album “Tell it to the Volcano” is a great addition to anyone’s music library, and their energy both on and off the stage (yes, performing in the crowd) surprised and pleased everyone in attendance. Freelance Whales, however, stole the night with their beautifully constructed music and swooning driving lyrics and harmonies.
They are the new band to check out, if you don’t know Freelance Whales or haven’t given them more than a glance. I personally recommend “Hannah”, “Ghosting”, or “Starring” …or any of the cuts from the album, but you may recognize their “Generator ^ First Floor” from a recent Twitter TV commercial (all songs from their Weathervanes album, released early 2010).
After revisiting the stage for an encore, FLW closed the show thanking Philadelphia for its continued support, as this was not their first stop in the city – in fact, they began their 2010 tour in the City of Brotherly Love. Thankfully it didn’t end here: Freelance Whales were off to New York for the next night to close their 2010 tour, and mentioned working on some new songs for their repertoire. Hopefully this will include their one unreleased song they played at Johnny Brenda’s as it was as good if not better than the songs from Weathervanes. And, if they played their NYC show anything like the show in Philadelphia, New Yorkers were in for a treat.
It was one of those shows that makes you not want to listen to their record again – because they are so good in person – even with their record top on my list of favorites from 2010. I can’t wait to see what Freelance Whales will bring on their next album and tour.