By Jessie Foster
Railway Stage & Beer Cafe
April 7, 2018
Vancouver’s indie rock mainstays Said The Whale played a riveting show at the Railway Stage & Beer Café, celebrating the downtown venue’s 85th birthday celebration. The heightened intimacy of the historical venue gave off the sensation of watching close friends playing a live set in your living room.
Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft moved around the room seamlessly, interacting with everyone in the sold out audience, even the drifters in the back. Said The Whale put their heart and soul into this hometown performance and clearly took joy in the responsiveness of the local crowd.
Frontman Bancroft’s dreamy eyes captivated anyone who came too close, and Worcester’s soft demeanour echoed loudly throughout the room. The lovely Jaycelyn Brown on keyboards perfectly pulled the bunch together with her delicate yet powerful touch. The rhythm section was on point all night but it was their new bassist who drew the most attention with his bell-bottom jeans and wild facial hair straight of the 1970s.
Partway through the show, the band members made everyone “part the seas” in the audience so that everyone would feel welcome and they could walk back and forth from the stage. Not exactly like Moses would have done it but it did the trick.
The group won a Juno Award in 2011, they were nominated in 2013 and have continued to propel themselves forwards in the music industry. Their newest album, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, dropped last spring. Since then, these guys continue to sell out shows around the country.
With documentaries based around their travels through the States and the tribulations involved with being a touring band, it’s clear to see how they keep getting all this much deserved attention. The perfect way to celebrate another year of live music success under the newly renovated Railway Stage & Beer Café.
Catch Said The Whale at Skookum Festival in Vancouver on Sept. 7, 2018