In the years following I lived in NYC and watched them grow rapidly, each time coming back and playing a larger venue—from Pianos to Le Poisson Rouge to The Siren Festival at Coney Island to the Williamsburg Waterfront Park. But, their show at Freebird in Jacksonville last Thursday was the best I've seen yet.
Their songs were always built for a spacious venue with great lighting, and the band has really hit its stride. We managed to meet up with them during their soundcheck and give them some of our new Peruvian guitar straps. Luckily they were really into them and wore them on stage. Andy Monaghan, the guitar player and multi-instrumentalist looked fantastic with the Doug Martsch on his Fender Jaguar all night. Billy Kennedy, the primary bass player, rocked the Kurt Vile on his yellow Fender P Bass, and the front man Scott Hutchison rocked the solid strap in tan on his Martin.
Scott and the rest of the band were so generous. They gave us shout-outs from the stage, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We are just stoked that they liked the straps. It's only a matter of time until you see these things on the backs of all your favorite bands. In the meantime, check out the new FR album, Pedestrian Verse. They sound better than ever.
Andy Monaghan rocks the Doug Martsch on his Jaguar.
Scott Hutchinson used the solid strap in tan on his Martin.
Billy Kennedy was using the Kurt Vile on his P Bass.