Volcano Choir - Crescent Ballroom - 1/17/14 (VIDEO)
Photos and video by Melissa Fossum Volcano Choir performs at Crescent Ballroom last night. See more photos via our slideshow.
Volcano Choir gave Phoenix a bit of a treat last night -- the first stop on the band's short west coast tour. Their Crescent Ballroom concert on Friday night was sold out well ahead of time and could have very well been moved to a larger venue. Thankfully, it wasn't.
The intimate setting was perfect for the experimental, folksy, and post-rock sounds of Volcano Choir, and the highly anticipated show exceeded expectations of fans and anyone crossing their fingers for a Bon Iver song.
It's impossible not to draw parallels to Bon Iver -- both bands are signed to Jagjaguwar, feature Justin Vernon, and sound quite beautiful. Bon Iver runs a higher risk of blending into the background, and while Volcano Choir has some of the same moments, last night's show was hardly background music.
Volcano Choir played loud, showcasing the band's nuances. Vernon may be the singer, but the show was by no means about him. The attention was equally focused on the band, as the focus shifted from percussion, to guitar, to gang vocals throughout the evening. If anything, guitarist Chris Rosenau was the band's unofficial spokesperson.
Early on, he was taken aback by the interactive crowd. "You're welcome to sing with us anytime," he said. "If you came with us [on tour] for the next 10 days, we'd be set."
An early stand out song was the unreleased song "Valleyinaire." Songs like "Tiderays" and "Islands, IS" helped build up to this rock-oriented song. I'd love to hear Volcano Choir release more songs like this on its next album.