4

Last Night: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions at Sons of Hermann Hall

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Sons of Hermann Hall
October 19, 2009

Better than: having to tell everyone to shut up myself.

Hope gets what Hope wants.

And, four songs into Hope her Sons of Hermann Hall performance with the Warm Inventions, Hope Sandoval had had enough of some of the relatively (by Dallas standards) quiet conversations going on among the crowd as she sang.

In a short rant that ended with her telling the offenders that they could talk all they wanted on the other side of the exit door, she reduced the crowd of approximately 200 to total silence for the remainder of her hypnotic set.

Certainly none of the males that dominated the crowd held it against her?

With a voice that seems at once a bit cartoonish and yet totally seductive, Sandoval and her band performed a set of songs taken largely from her excellent new release Through the Devil Softly and a few from 2001's Bavarian Fruit Bread.

Dressed in an elegant (very) little black dress and boots, Hope played haunting harmonica and xylophone, but mostly sang, her hand on her hip, moving little, lit by the images from the film clips that were projected on the screen behind her.

That simple video system of two vintage 16mm projectors really enhanced the performance, with short vintage film clips and odd images that tied beautifully to the song being performed. After finishing the set of a little more than an hour, she disappeared with crowd demanding more.

A two-song encore was provided before she slipped out into the darkness for good.

Opening the show (and serving as most of the members of The Warm Invention) was the Dirt Blue Gene. They played a set that veered between the trance-y blues and twangy pub rock, but these skill sets were best used backing Hope.

Critic's Notebook
Personal highlight:
Set highlights were numerous, but, for me, the two encore songs--the achingly beautiful "Satellite" and the stretched-out set closer (don't recall what song it was) with Colm Ó Cíosóig weaving a hypnotic percussive rhythm that reminded me of his performance in My Bloody Valentine.

Sorry about: Not getting the set list after chatting up Colm and totally fanning out by getting Hope to sign a poster.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.