by Andrew Crisp
The current trend with bands is to pull in every instrument imaginable. And on March 28, Poor Moon opened to a small, seated Neurolux crowd with more instruments on stage than band members.
Poor Moon, a side project of Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott, is a far cry from echoey, acoustic folk, though it does incorporate some harmonizing.
"So, you guys live in a pretty beautiful place," said Wargo.
"Yeah, Treefort!" yelled an audience member.
The band featured the typical lineup of bass, keys and drums, but with a huge xylophone. Wargo warbled out tracks from the group's March 27 release, Illusion (Sub Pop/Bella records).
The crowd filled out as the Chapel Hill, N.C. orchestra/rock band Lost in the Trees took the stage. Led by frontman Ari Picker, the group also featured a large cast of instruments—everything from cello to violin to electric and acoustic guitars—but all that spice didn't sour the broth. The result was a nuanced ensemble.
"We traveled on the Oregon Trail," said backup vocalist Emma Nadeau. "We pictured all the buffalo we would have killed."
Before the band's final song, all six members came down off the stage to play on the floor, surrounded by eager fans. The audience then joined the band to sing happy birthday to Nadeau, who turned 28 that evening. Then Lost in the Trees launched into an unplugged version of "All Alone in an Empty House."
The entire bar sat in silent rapture.