The Very Best and Seye at the Fox Theatre
The Very Best and opener Seye hosted a magnificent and lively evening at the Fox Theatre. When my friend and I arrived at the theater of about 15-20 people we were disheartened by the lack of fans. From what I had seen on the internet it looked like The Very Best’s shows were really popping and I was concerned how that would fit with only the two of us on the front dance floor.
But when opener Seye of London, also a member of The Very Best, came out on stage in his combat boots these doubts were soon subsided. His conversational stage presence accompanied by his charming British accent was a delightful stage warmer. His melancholic set of songs had a spirited romantic theme, with a number of songs about loss or fantasized loves. He dedicated his songs “Joanna” and “Jennifer” to anyone of those names in the audience saying, “this is a fictional story about when we met.” I very much enjoyed his performance and immediately after the show I googled his name, which he noted was eyes spelled backwards, and found his website. I suggest you visit the site as well! Here is the link.
Then The Very Best came on stage and opened with “Adani” from their new album MTMTMK. Their show was epic! Frontman Esau Mwamwaya of Malawi and Seye coaxed everyone to come down to center stage and soon enough everyone was grooving to the beat. The show was about at the level I fantasized it being. I had my doubts considering it was a Monday night and seeing the small audience as I walked in, but the show exceeded my fantasized vision of the night and made for one of the very best concerts I have ever been to, no pun intended, and I go to a lot of concerts.
I had listened to their most recent record and did not expect the night to be as lively as it was. Now after the concert I understand it is music that is best felt and experienced live in a communal setting. Between the heavy bass and the invigorating bongo beats it almost felt like a crime to the soul to not start dancing. Members of the band bounced around on stage and even came down to the dance floor to dance with audience members. The audience began to sing along to many of the songs, including “We OK”
The sky could fall down any day
Nothing lasts forever anyway
As long as I’ve got you here with me
We ok we ok
I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for new material from The Very Best and Seye, hoping they visit the Boulder area again soon!
Photos and review by Matt Sparks. Show on 08/20/12.