Wolfmother, The Icarus Line
Friday, March 2
It was a blustery evening outside the Vogue Friday night, and inside, it wasn’t much different. Kicking things off to a raucous, near-capacity crowd, the Icarus Line played a Black Sabbath-meets-The Strokes style of straight-up rock ’n’ roll, with touches of doom and sludge.
During the incredibly long set change before Wolfmother hit the stage, the intensity in the air could be cut with a knife. Following a sing-along of “I Am The Walrus” over the P.A, the audience’s patience wore thin and erupted with applause just from the sight of roadies on stage checking the mics.
After opening the show with a blistering version of “Dimension,” the Australian Wolfmother trio looked both shocked and pleased at the hyper crowd’s reaction. From that point on, the set took on a life of its own. “Woman,” the band’s biggest hit to date, segued from a three-minute single into a 10-minute jam session. “White Unicorn” showcased Chris Ross’ ability of working both the bass guitar and keyboard, sometimes simultaneously.
Singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale suffered from a few technical glitches but came through like a pro. His voice was in great shape, hitting and holding high notes in an improbable Robert Plant way, confirming that he didn’t have to rely on studio tricks to pull it off on the record.
Wolfmother’s stock is on the rise, and if Friday’s sold-out show was any indication, it’s a safe bet they’ll be playing to a much larger crowd next time they come through town.