Back to The Wiltern the Monkeys go! Tonight's act: Peter Bjorn and John, a fun trio from Sweden peddling catchy tunes, thoughtful lyrics, and sweet beats! They remind me ever so slightly of Belle and Sebastian, but with tighter, less rambling composition and far more poppy hooks. Very poppy. Oh, Sweden, land of ABBA, you produce such peppy pop!
Peter Bjorn and John, perhaps you've heard the ubiquitous and cheery whistle song. That song is "Young Folks," so stop calling it the whistle song now, ya hear?
These guys have a healthy sense of humor. The show started off pitch black, punctuated only by strains of an Asian-inspired string instrument (perhaps a sitar) playing...what else? The famous whistling refrain of "Young Folks"! And if that weren't funny enough, this appeared:
are like ABBA! Oh, and, for the record, here's a handy-dandy key.
and John all sing! Peter is the frontman and has the highest voice, sort of nasal, yet still pleasant. Bjorn has a naturally low voice and is lead on "Amsterdam," but he sings in the greatest falsetto to harmonize with Peter on most other songs. And, much to my surprise, John has quite the ethereal and haunting voice, rare for a drummer.
It was cool when Mel from The Clientele (the opening band) came on stage to do "Young Folks" with the boys. Can you see her? Hint: She's the one in a dress.
Writer's Block. It is a great album. They played almost everything from it, with a few old throwbacks from their first two albums. Ok, I cheated. That last sentence was more fourth-grade-style.
Up Against the Wall" (pictured above is Peter hoisting his guitar over his head during this finale). This song is actually in the background of a current Levi's commercial. Hey, a band's gotta make money somehow. Don't hate.
And here's my souvenir girlie tee. I like dogs.