Last Night: Great Lake Swimmers at Hailey's

Last Night: Great Lake Swimmers at Hailey's
Lindsey Byrnes

Great Lake Swimmers, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, Kate Maki
Hailey's Club, Denton
April 8, 2009

Better Than: Checking out the Lost recap on AV Club right after the show is over.

When Tony Dekker and his fellow Great Lake Swimmers came out on stage at Hailey's last night, there wasn't a "Hello" or even a "We're Great Lake Swimmers." Instead, it was all business as Dekker and his band came on stage and launched into their set.

Actually, after a raucous middle support set from the hometown heroes in Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, it would have been easy to miss the start Great Lake Swimmers had even started its show, if it wasn't for the fact they band had started playing music.


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But those who did notice the band's start were rewarded, as the set was pretty fantastic--well, except for when the banjo player put down his banjo and picked up the electric guitar. Songs like "She Comes To Me In Dreams" seemed to be a little bit muddy; fully acoustic efforts like "Concrete Heart" and "Pulling On A Line" were perfectly fine.  


And Dekker also acted kinda odd at the start of the show; he didn't seem to be quite comfortable being in front of a crowd. But after the band played "She Comes To Me In Dreams" he did seem to crack a smile and then loosen up for the rest of the show.

I came to this show pretty excited to see the band play, despite having only heard their records, seen their videos and live clips on YouTube. And a Denton crowd, I though, would be the best place to see the band--I thoguht they'd be a little more respectful than a Dallas crowd, cutting out the loud chitchat while the band was playing.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

At one point in the show, while the band was tuning between songs, the guy in front of me turned around and yelled "You people in back shut the fuck up! I paid to see a show not listen to you talk all night!" 

All I could think? Better him saying it than me.

Still, Dekker looked at the guy, laughed, smiled and said he needed to take him on the road with them for the rest of the tour. And the guy seemed to get his message across: The people in the back either went to a different room or took heed and stopped talking.

Critic's Notebook
Random Note:
In a totally random sighting, one of my cousins was at the show. She and her husband drove all the way down from Norman, Oklahoma, to catch the Great Lake Swimmers. It was weird to see a random family member right in front of the stage. 

By The Way: The night started off on a strong note with Canadian chanteuse Kate Maki opening up the show for fellow countrymen Great Lake Swimmers. Her set of "Canadiana" (like Americana, only Canadian) tunes was what you could possibly call sultry and maybe a little deep--but definitely fit quite nicely with the music she plays.


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