Baio – Workman’s Club – 22nd Feb 2016 – Live Review
It has been three years since the last Vampire Weekend album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ and while there is talk of a new album on the horizon, bass player Chris Baio is certainly not resting on his laurels. He has recently released a solo album under the guise of Baio and is touring to support it. The album itself is not a world away from his day job with a variety of quirky piano based pop songs but also has a number of dance/ electronic tracks. So what to expect from his live show? Well, that was something quite different.
From the outset it was clear that this was unlikely to be an exact recreation of the album and instead was going to be something a whole lot louder complete with pounding drum machine. Chris Baio was joined on stage by George Hume who played guitar, while Chris spent most of his time behind a variety of electronic toys. He also moved centre stage on occasion to sing and to boogie!
The set contained most of the better known songs on the album along with a couple of older tracks and even a cover version of the Eurythmics ‘Here Comes The Rain’. The set lasted just under an hour, which was to be expected from a band with only one album under their belt. Highlights included Endless Rhythm, Sister of Pearl and the final track of the evening Scarlett. While the electronic sound was something of a surprise, it was an enjoyable set and it’s always impressive to get a crowd dancing on a Monday night!
Le Boom played the support slot, a three piece band from Dublin with guitar, bass, vocals and a variety of electronic sounds. They showed great energy on stage and were quite an unusual band for the Irish scene and could be one to watch out for in future.