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Click the photo for an audio slideshow of the Fleet Foxes and Malajube.
Photos by Renee McMahon

What: Malajube, with Fleet Foxes
When:
Wednesday, Feb.


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Last Night: Malajube at Neumo's

Charismatic French-Canadians make inaugural Seattle visit, dedicate songs to Kurt, Tupac, and truckers

malajube#10s.jpg

Click the photo for an audio slideshow of the Fleet Foxes and Malajube.
Photos by Renee McMahon

What: Malajube, with Fleet Foxes
When:
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Where: Neumos
Would Meatface Approve? Only if he was on a date with a filet mignon.
And the Hipsters? Oui.

“Isn’t irony a bitch,” I thought, when I saw the note on the door of Neumos stating Snowden, the night’s middle slot band, was stuck up at Snoqualmie Pass due to snow. (Snowden, snowed in…get it? Ha!) Actually, there was a massive fifty-car pile-up that halted all westbound I-90 traffic, and Snowden, who were traveling all the way from Minneapolis, couldn’t do anything but wait for the freeway to open up again.

However, Malajube, the night’s headliners who have been on tour with Snowden for the last two weeks, did make it to Seattle. Despite the show’s late start, the energy was high when the band came on stage. And although there were some sound problems from the get-to – guitarist/singer Julien Mineau’s vocals were nearly inaudible the first couple songs, and the set was, at times, extremely loud and piercing – nary was there a disappointing moment. Mineau, who at one point called himself “The Grunge Indian” was extremely charismatic with the crowd between the songs, poking fun at keyboard player/co-vocalist Thomas Augustin’s leather jacket and striped “trucker” camisole, and dedicating a few songs to Kurt Cobain, Tupac, and truckers. Those crazy French! And the fact that their English wasn’t that great made the exchanges between the two and with the crowd utterly adorable. 

The five-piece band kicked off the set with the brief instrumental “L’Introduction,” before laying into “La Monogamie,” a track off their latest, stellar LP, Trompe L’Oeil. Much of the set was made up of songs off Trompe L’Oeil, including “Montréal -40°C,” “Pate Filo,” “Casse-cou”, “Le Crabe,” and the pogo-inducing “Fille à plumes,” before closing with “Étienne d'août,” fittingly, one of the most beautiful, and biggest sounding songs on the album. 

After a three months absence, local openers Fleet Foxes came out and debuted four new songs in their set. Having never seen the band live, the young vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold impressed me with his beautiful Beach Boy-ish harmonies. The band’s laid-back approach to pop music was peppered with some nice piano parts, and a gentle, yet fluid rhythm section – perfect lovers music, it turns out, as I saw many couples in full embrace, swaying in Fleet Foxes sweeping soundwaves.

Snowden finally made it to Neumos, but by the time they kicked off their set after midnight, much of the crowd has dissipated. The band possessed a lot of energy onstage, but for the thirty or so remaining in the audience, much of the energy had been usurped by Malajube.

 
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