Last Monday night Union Transfer was bustling and crowded as if it was a weekend show. San Fermin and Courtney Barnett teamed up to bring a unique show. Courtney Barnett & San Fermin each have a unique style. They could not be more opposite of each other. Although…each band complimented each other perfectly
San Fermin started off the night with a beautiful set. The eight piece band scattered a moodly lit stage filled with randomly placed light bulbs. The baroque pop band residing from Brooklyn, NY serenaded the audience with such soulful songs as Methuselah, which for the most part consists of Philadelphia native Allen Tate with slow rhythm guitar and violin. Then would turn the show on its head with songs such as Crueler Kind which involved the entire band; vocalists, horns, keys and strings. San Fermin had a deep pit of emotion that ranged from a sweet timid romance to all out unrestricted passion.
Courtney Barnett, the headliner, was everything that San Fermin is not. Courtney Barnett finished the night with stripped down rock and roll. Two guitars, a bass guitar and drums were all she needed to bring her point of view to the audience. There was no intricate precision between instrumental solos like San Fermin. There was only an answer and reply discussion between Courtney Barnett and her guitar, and that was all she needed. The set began slow and built as it past. The energy rose in the crowd as she drew closer to her finale. You could feel the crowd become more and more involved into the sound of Courtney Barnetts unique vocals with her stripped down riffs.
San Fermins incredibly precise sound with many instruments playing a role ranging from horns, strings and keys were a vast difference from Courtney Barnett and her guitar. It was a monday night musical episode of The Odd Couple at Union Transfer. Just like The Odd Couple you could see how different they can be, they also can compliment each other perfectly. There was two different artists with two different styles, but one pure passion for music.