Live Review: Pinegrove at The Deaf Institute in Manchester 23 02 2017
Pinegrove is a six-piece alt country band from New Jersey that has been making waves in the indie scene with their heartfelt and nostalgic songs. Their album Cardinal, released in 2016, was one of the most acclaimed records of the year, featuring on many critics' lists and earning them a loyal fanbase. On February 23, 2017, they played a sold-out show at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, England, as part of their Cardinal tour. Here is a live review of their performance.
Pinegrove opened their set with \"Old Friends\", a song about regret and longing that sets the tone for their emotional and introspective music. They followed it with \"Aphasia\", a fan favorite that showcases their melodic and dynamic range. The song features a catchy chorus that had the crowd singing along: \"One day I won't need your love / One day I won't define myself by the one I'm thinking of\".
The band then played \"V\", a short but sweet song that transitions into \"Size of the Moon\", one of their most popular tracks. The song is a tender and poetic reflection on love and uncertainty, with lyrics like \"Do you wanna dance / Fine, but do you remember when / In your living room / We made some space and time / For each other\". The song builds up to a climactic ending that had the audience cheering and clapping.
Next up was \"Offers\", a slower and more subdued song that highlights the band's harmonies and instrumentation. The song is about feeling lost and disconnected, but also hopeful for the future. The band then played \"Then Again\", a more upbeat and energetic song that contrasts with the previous one. The song is about being spontaneous and adventurous, with lyrics like \"Let's go out today / Let's go out again tomorrow / Let's go out today / And we'll figure it out as we go along\".
The band continued with \"Need 2\", a song from their earlier EP Mixtape Two. The song is a raw and honest confession of insecurity and dependency, with lyrics like \"I don't know what I'm afraid of / But I'm afraid / One day it all will fall away / Maybe I read that / But still, let's see / If nothing else it's an idle curiosity\". The song features a powerful guitar solo that adds to its intensity.
The band then played \"Problems\", another song from Mixtape Two. The song is about coping with personal issues and finding solace in music, with lyrics like \"I've got problems with my brain / And they're making me insane / But I've got songs to ease my pain\". The song has a catchy melody and a sing-along chorus that had the crowd joining in.
The band followed it with \"Easy Enough\", a song from their latest album Skylight. The song is about accepting oneself and one's flaws, with lyrics like \"I'm easy enough to love / And I know it / But I don't always feel it\". The song has a soothing and uplifting vibe that contrasted with some of the darker themes of their previous songs.
The band then played \"Cadmium\", another fan favorite from Cardinal. The song is about nostalgia and memory, with lyrics like \"I saw Leah on the bus a few months ago / I saw some old friends at her funeral\". The song has a melancholic and haunting quality that resonated with the audience.
The band closed their set with an encore of three songs: \"No Drugs\", \"Angelina\" and \"The Metronome\". \"No Drugs\" is a short but catchy song that encourages sobriety and self-care, with lyrics like \"No drugs for me tonight / Or maybe ever again\". \"Angelina\" is a sweet and simple love song that features only vocals and guitar, with lyrics like \"Angelina you're my best friend / And I love you\". \"The Metronome\" is a fast-paced and energetic song that showcases the band's technical skills and musical chemistry. The song is about living in the moment and enjoying life, with lyrics like \"We're alive a474f39169