The 89x Birthday Bash took over The Fillmore featuring Silversun Pickups with support from Foals and Joywave.
Opening the evening was Joywave from Rochester, New York. They powered through a short, but energetic set of alternative and indie rock. Joywave has been around since 2010 and has two releases, including their latest, How Do You Feel Now? That release includes the singles “Somebody New”, “Now”, “Tongues”, and a collaboration project with Big Data called “Destruction.” All of those songs made their set tonight along with “Parade”, “Nice House”, and “Bad Dreams”.
The band includes Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Sean Donnelly (bass), Paul Brenner (drums), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), and Benjamin Bailey (keyboards).
Providing direct support was Foals from Oxford, UK. This indie rock band has been making music since 2005 and have released four albums, with the latest being What Went Down from 2015.
They came right out of the gate with the rocking song “Snake Oil” from that album. The single “Mountain At My Gates” was another highlight of their high-energy set with the crowd singing along to that popular song.
On several occasions, guitarist and lead vocalist Yannis Phillippakis climbed into the audience and crowd surfed, once while still playing the guitar. Foals had their sound dialed in with bassist Walter Gervers and drummer Jack Bevan providing a very tight groove throughout their set.
They closed out their set with another rocking song, the title track from What Went Down. Their set also included “Olympic Airwaves”, “My Number”, “Providence”, “Spanish Sahara”, “Red Socks Pugie”, “Late Night”, “Birch Tree”, and “Inhaler”. The rest of the band is comprised of Jimmy Smith (rhythm guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals) and Edwin Congreave (keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals).
The lights dimmed and then the Silversun Pickups from Silverlake, CA took the stage and the audience erupted. They were formed in 2000 but are only on their fourth album, 2015’s Better Nature.
They kicked off their set with the first track “Cradle (Better Nature)” from that album; their set would draw heavily from it tonight. “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” got a great response as it is getting plenty of airplay.
While labeled as more of an indie and alternative rock band, Silversun Pickups can also crank it up with some driving and hard-hitting songs including “The Pit” and “Panic Switch”, which both had the crowd going crazy. The crowd loved the whole set, especially fan favorites like “Lazy Eye” and “Dots and Dashes”.
As with Foals, the Silversun Pickups had their sound dialed in tight. Drummer Christopher Guanlao was an animal on the skins and along with bassist Nikki Monninger they created a driving beat and low-end. Guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert engaged the audience frequently and gave praise for the wonderful Fillmore theater, the city of Detroit, and the fans for showing their support through the years and tonight. Keyboardist Joe Lester rounded out the band and provided that extra element that makes the Silversun Pickups unique.
The complete setlist for Silversun Pickups was “Cradle,” “Well Thought Out Twinkies,” “The Royal We,” “Nightlight,” “Circadian Rhythm,” “The Pit,” “Little Lover’s So Polite,” “Friendly Fires,” “Latchkey Kids,” “Panic Switch,” “Ragamuffin,” “Lazy Eye,” and for encores “Kissing Families,” “Dots and Dashes,” and “The Wild Kind.”