By Graeme Wiggins
October 16, 2018
To cut to the chase, if you are a They Might be Giants fan this was pretty much the perfect show. Billed as “An Evening With They Might Be Giants” it was two sets of a great selection songs spanning all eras of their work and totaling nearly three hours long. They played all of the classics, nicely interspersing them between the two sets. They kicked things off with a newer song “The Communists Have The Music” and it was a joyful parade of their eccentric catalogue from then on. Highlights included “Particle Man” which featured a short interpolation of Sia’s hit “Chandelier”, a rollicking rendition of Flood’s “Twisting” and “The Mesopotamians.” They squeezed in a few new songs at the beginning of their second set, with “I Like Fun” from the album of the same name notably fitting perfectly.
Given the eclectic nature of their songs a solid band is required and the touring band they brought with them were up to the task, with Trumpet player Curt Ramm standing out as a great addition to the touring set up. At one point he played alternating hands with a trumpet and trombone. John Linnell moved between keyboard, his accordion and an Alto Sax.
If the songs were joyful, the in between song banter kept pace, with John Flansburgh riffing amusingly about both Fred and Robert Durst among a variety of other things, making it so that there was never really a lull. They ended the night nicely with a second encore which featured a cover of Vancouver band Cub’s “New York City” and closed, appropriately with “Dead.”