"Animal Joy", Shearwater’s seventh album, is one of their best efforts yet and one of the finest releases of the year so far. In that respect, we should consider ourselves lucky for the timing of Jonathan Meiburg’s band first ever visit to Athens, a decade into their recording career.
The Austin, Texas band, which for this tour also includes Mitch Billeaud on guitar and keys, Lucas Oswald on guitar, keys, percussion and backing vocals, Danny Reisch on drums, and Christiaan Mader on bass and backing vocals, was in excellent spirits for this last gig of their current European trek. Cheered on by the small but very enthusiastic audience, they delivered powerful renditions of almost all of the tracks on their latest LP along with a handful of old ones and a passionate cover of R.E.M.’s "These Days" which closed the hour and a half performance on a high note.
Among the evening’s best moments were the spirited renditions of "Animal Life", "You As You Were", "Open Your Houses (Basilisk)", "Immaculate" and especially "Breaking The Yearlings" and "Pushing The River" (a track which rides on the drumbeat of Joy Division’s "Heart And Soul"). Both of these songs were boosted by extra percussion, adding weight to my belief that all rock bands would sound better with two drummers! Meiburg was in fine voice throughout the set, with his soaring vocals adding extra power to his compositions.
Check out below our footage of "Breaking The Yearlings" and "These Days", two of the highlights of Shearwater’s gig at An Club:
Shearwater - Breaking The Yearlings, live @ An Club (April 21, 2012)
Shearwater - These Days, live @ An Club (April 21, 2012)