July 31, 2015 @ The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
By Sarah Volpone
As chronicled on the digital pages of this here website, I’ve been a fan of Langhorne Slim for quite some time and even got to interview him. When he comes to town with his band, The Law, I try not to miss a show.
On July 31, Slim and his band kicked off their west coast summer tour at the Crocodile, not only was the temperature inside the venue hot but the band was hot as well. Slim is a passionate performer, you can tell he feels the music. I’ve left every show feeling like I’ve been part of something special.
The sweltering heat inside the Croc didn’t seem to slow down Slim or his band. The Law is Malachi DeLorenzo, drums, David Moore, keys and banjo, and Jeff Ratner, bass. During a couple of songs Slim descended into the audience and made his way through the center of the sweaty crowd and stood on the bar in the back of the Croc. The audience responded to his energy and sang and danced with him.
For this tour, the band was joined on stage by Richie on guitar. I didn’t catch his last name, but he was wearing a sailor hat. Maybe in honor of fleet week? On a couple of songs Slim was joined by two members of the opening act, The Wild Reeds. It was a nice treat to hear new and familiar songs with female voices.
The band’s new album, The Spirit Moves, will be released on August 7, 2015 and the set included standouts like “Strangers” and “Changes.” Along with songs from the band’s 2012 release, The Way We Move, they played crowd sing-a-long favorites, “Collette” and “Cinderella.” Moore was busy on the keys during the show but played banjo for the set closer, “Someday.” This was a stellar show; my only complaint, not enough songs with the banjo.