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After the excellent performance that happened the previous night, I was eager to get to The Troubadour in West Hollywood and experience it all over again. This time however, I would get to experience the performance of Act III, my favorite album by the band. I got to the venue around 6 o clock, and lined up with a few other fans. Many faces were quite familiar from the previous night, and I could tell that they were thinking the same about me. The friendly demeanor of the fans mimicked how pleasant they were in the line the previous night, and we went in around 7 PM. It was my first time in The Troubadour, which is pretty surprising considering I have been to pretty much every other venue in Hollywood. The fans quickly took their places. Some people grouped up nice and close to the stage, while others raced upstairs to get a great seated view. The sold event showed its true colors, as the crowd packed in nice and tight. It was significantly smaller than the previous night, but the closeness excited many people at the thought of no barriers/spaces between them and the band.


Opening the show again was Naive Thieves. For any other band, this would be a tough situation. They faced playing a crowd who had seen them the previous night, they were going to play the same setlist to the same crowd, and they are aware that most people in the venue went to both nights to see completely different sets by The Dear Hunter. Not being able to give the audience that same kind of diversity, they gave the set their all with their confidence, charm, professionalism, and likability. Cameron handled the situation by making jokes that were continued from the previous night. It was easy to see that they were much more comfortable in a smaller venue that had a bar atmosphere. Because of this, they seemed to have a much better set. The cheers from the audience echoed more, and the band could not help but smile. A highlight in the set was towards the beginning when Cameron dropped his guitar pick. My friend pulled one out of his pocket and handed it to him. Cameron responded by dedicating a song to him. There was a good vibe from both the band and the audience throughout the set. The songs/order were the same, but no one seemed to mind at all.



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Having been able to overcome the difficulties of their previous week, Northern Faces made it out for their direct support slot. Many people I talked to in the crowd had never heard them before, and were looking forward to finally getting that chance. They came out on stage to the sound of prison sirens and spotlights going back and forth. It was a great introduction as the band began to play “Cops Come”. The band played a blend of indie rock that had a pop element, as seen in certain songs like “Alone and Forgotten”. It seemed like the music was very radio friendly, while still retaining the creativity that you would expect from a band opening up for The Dear Hunter. They went through their set which had a nice amount of diversity. Some songs like “Wait, Wait, Wait” were upbeat and almost danceable. Their bass player would also provide tambourine and backup vocals while both of their guitarists would split up the vocal duties. Their vocals blended nicely, as heard in songs like “Brother” The guitar tones were great, and the guitar solos had a strong blues influence. The bass also had some interesting tones, that could often time sound like a synthesizer. The last song of the set, titled “Finding Hope”, had a post-rock element to it, as it built up with a repeated phrase and uplifting chord progression. The band had the ability to get the audience to sing along with their songs even though most of the audience members had never heard them before. From the strong entrance to the strong finish, the band played an extremely enjoyable set overall and it had a lasting impression.



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The crowd began to shout for The Dear Hunter, who slowly and quietly made their way onto the stage to get their equipment ready. They did not walk out to any intro music like I had originally expected to. Instead, the lights went dim, and Casey softly went into “Writing On a Wall” before the full band joined in. The energy from the crowd could already be felt. It was obvious that the setting made a big difference. Everyone began to jump around as the band played “In Cauda Venenum”. I can’t tell you if it was because the venue was smaller or because the crowd was much more excited than the previous night, but something was definitely different that night. The cheers seemed louder. The singer from the audience seemed fuller. There were more arm gestures coming from the audience. And the band could definitely feel all of this. Casey made remarks between songs about how crazy the crowd was, and how unforgettable this show was. The energy continued throughout the set during songs like “The Tank”, “Mustard Gas”, and “He Said He Had a Story”. During songs like “What It Means to Be Alone”, the crowd would sway, and it was almost impossible to not sway along with them as the crowd surrounded you. People danced during songs like “The Poison Woman”, “This Beautiful Life”, and “Go Get Your Gun”. Aside from the energy during the heavier songs, equally memorable were the ballads of the night such as “Saved”, “Son”, “Father”, and “Life and Death”. The crowd sang loudly and emotionally. It was evident how much these songs meant to the people in the audience, and reminded me of how most people were while watching Act II. Like the previous night, I felt content by the end of the album, but was very glad to know that there would be an encore. Casey came back out and performed a song from the upcoming Act IV album. However, he performed it as a solo acoustic piece, which both satisfied the audience and left them excited to hear the finished version. It was an amazing moment, and Casey seemed very happy with how the crowd responded. Finally, the rest of the band came back out, and they finished the night off with “Whisper” from their most recent album, Migrant. I thought this song seemed more like a typical encore song, and it really helped solidify how amazing this concert was.


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Overall, it’s hard to compare these two nights, because they both had their pros. I’m really glad that I got to experience both albums back to back and fully appreciate how intricate and elaborate they are. The nights gave me a deep appreciation to how great a live band The Dear Hunter are. They really know when to keep the set flowing with some jam sessions, or when to take a break and address the crowd. The nights also gave me new appreciation to The Dear Hunter fans, for their dedication and respect. From the great setlists to the great openers, these two nights were a wonderful experience. It was hard facing the next day knowing there would not be another show to go to, but I look forward to knowing there will be an upcoming tour in support of Act IV.


Act III: Life and Death

  1. Writing on a Wall
  2. In Cauda Venenum
  3. What It Means to be Alone
  4. The Tank
  5. The Poison Woman
  6. The Thief
  7. Mustard Gas
  8. Saved
  9. He Said He Had a Story
  10. This Beautiful Life
  11. Go Get Your Gun
  12. Son
  13. Father
  14. Life and Death


  15. Waves (New song, performed as an solo acoustic piece by Casey)
  16. Whisper