Photo Recap: Fleet Foxes and Amen Dunes at Old National Center

Perennial indie favorites Fleet Foxes performed at Old National Center in late May touring behind their latest release, 2017’s Crack Up. Landscapes of reverb-soaked Americana echoing throughout the theater, Robin Pecknold and company performed songs from their new record in addition to a selection of favorites from their previous albums, notably Helplessness Blues and their timeless (yet somehow decade old?!?) self-titled release. The crowd swooned, stomped, and hummed along throughout the set, including a particularly raucous rendition of “Ragged Wood,” when everyone suddenly erupted from their seats to dance and jump along with the band.

The criminally short set from Amen Dunes, however, was the real treat for the evening. Freedom, the band’s recent release on Sacred Bones, is stacked with slow burners that keep getting better the more they repeat. The strut of “Calling Paul the Suffering” paired with their latest single, “Miki Dora,” constructed room for the band to open up; the set created moments of space and understated improvisation while avoiding anything meandering. Each song, and especially the closer “Believe,” was an exercise in confidence where arrangements subtly built upon each other with the result being a fully realized portrait of a surfer, of a father, of an ending. Amen Dunes lit a fuse with this set that you can hopefully see at full length, but until then get your hands on Freedom and let it wash over you.

 

Fleet Foxes

 

Amen Dunes

 

Photos/Words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

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