After I left the Stepping Stone, I made the half-mile walk south to the Tractor, and got there right as second act Black Whales took the stage. Greeting the audience with courteous stage banter, they were affable enough to earn quick smiles around the room, but they presented themselves with such little energy that most of the crowd fell into a kind of daze, and they didn't bring too many people back (a few danced, but not many) with their largely inoffensive pop rock, generic lyrics and chord progressions. One guy next to me was super pissed he had to watch them play, and was all yelling about it. I can appreciate a good heckler, but that guy was kind of harshing my vibe. Oh well, I'm over it. Yay!
They played a selection of new songs from their upcoming album Animals in the Median-- which they disclosed will be out toward the end of May -- and some old favorites, even coming back out for an encore at the crowd's request. They were a band on a mission, and a band that's undoubtedly going places.