By MEGHAN KEARNEY // A room full of smiles danced to new and old tracks
Portland, Oregon's Lost Lander played to a sold out room at Mississippi Studios alongside Portland's Hosannas and Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver. The first home town show in months presented not a band that had been missing their front man to a national tour with EL VY, but rather a polished four-piece not missing a beat.
Visibly delighted to be surrounded by friends and neighbors, Matt Sheehy, Sarah Fennell, William Seiji Marsh and Patrick Hughes played a most joyous of sets to a crowd glowing with grins.
Playing a balanced mix of tracks from their first record DRRT and last year’s Medallion, the performance switched nicely from calmer, acoustic dominated tracks, to energetic pop-rock dance beats heavy on keys.
Early in the set, "Walking on a Wire" was carried by a catchy string of keys from Fennell's jewel-covered keyboard, sometimes with her tambourine shaking-strong in one hand and joined by Sheehy's strong but gentle vocals. An emotional, explosive bridge got the crowd warmed up.
Around the halfway mark, Sheehy lifted his drink, recently spilled, magically refilled, and began to tell a story. He had recently purchased some sort of TV device from Amazon and was excited to show it off at a Game of Thrones viewing. It ended up not working. “So this song is kind of like that, because there’s a line that goes ‘gotta turn it off.’ You can sing along with us if you want, I’ll wink at you when it’s your turn to sing” he giggled to the crowd before kicking off "Cold Feet." As promised, a wink from Sheehy guided the audience to a synchronized chorus, working out much better than the defunct Amazon gadget.
Through the rest of the set Sheehy switched over to an acoustic for the stirring "Afraid of Summer," and back to bouncier beats like "Feed the Fever."
They closed out the set with the super-dancey "Gemini," where Sheehy, Fennell, and Marsh traded off vocals in pairs and trio while Hughes led the pack on drums, Fennell slamming across her own mini drum kit above her keys.
It was a warm welcome back to the stage for the group from a crowd certainly looking forward to more from Lost Lander.