On Thursday, May 12, I had the utmost pleasure of going to The Echo to see one of my favorite Minneapolis bands, Night Moves, perform. This year, Night Moves finally released their sophomore album Pennied Days via Domino Recording Company, four years after the release of their debut album Colored Emotions.
I can tell you that I’ve been waiting four years to see this band live and they did not disappoint at all. While Night Moves did change their live lineup, their sound was still absolutely incredible. Listening to Pennied Days, I was definitely interested in hearing how they would sound live because their music does rely on synths. But needless to say, Night Moves kills it live as they do in the studio.
A huge fan favorite was “Border on Border” and the crowd went absolutely nuts when they played it live. When I first heard the final studio version on the album, I thought it was a bit too polished but the live version always gets me. “Border on Border” starts off with a prelude on the album but when Night Moves plays it live, they dive straight in. Even just playing the first couple of chords, the whole crowd knew exactly that they were going to play “Border on Border”. While they are on tour for their new album, Night Moves still played a couple of songs from Colored Emotions and it absolutely warmed my heart to hear people singing along, knowing the lyrics and melody of songs that came out four years ago.
To be honest, I was surprised to see how packed the room was at The Echo. Surprised, but thrilled beyond words because I thought that only a handful of people knew about my favorite band from Minneapolis. Needless to say, the show was absolutely incredible. There were few people at the start but when Night Moves was about to go on, I noticed a swarm of people behind me, trying to get closer.
Every second of the performance, I was absolutely mesmerized. There wasn’t a second that I took my eyes off the stage. Night Moves knows how to put on a good a show and lead John Pelant had some of the most outrageous outfits I had ever seen. All in all, the show was fun and everything that I had dreamed. There are few bands that I would see live more than once, and Night Moves is one of them.
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*photos edited by Joey Wong*