FUN ALERT! FUN ALERT! Streets of Laredo brought the fun to Bowery Ballroom on November 18, and reminded everyone that your inner child is not someone to be calmed: it is someone to let loose. From Disney movie references to a childlike glee, Streets of Laredo might bo one of the few bands that give youthful/ schoolyard energy to adult-like depth/ lyricism.
When you think of “adult-like” songs they usually strike for the melancholy and frustrations of life. Yet, Street of Laredo strike for the awaken souls that even the worst episode of life does not define the channel of your essence. A rather deep thought, I concluded through the simple exuberance of their performance. I had recently reviewed Streets of Laredo’s album Wild, which is basically a soundtrack of “desert youth”. Their instrumentals summon visions of being young and coursing through the desert of decisions and promise that can be one’s life. The lighting of the stage was perfect for the imagined scenario with dark red and hints of purple dimming over the band.Thus, when you heard Sarah Jane Gibson tussling the tambourine and harmonizing hooks with David and Daniel Gibson, it was as if desert monk had begun a soothing chant of wonder. Hence, whether you are riding through life’s desert through the blazing sun or starry night, to the Streets of Laredo, you will be fine as long as you are vibrant and filled with awe for life. Such an idea of inner vibrancy attracting exterior ones is not new, at all, to human philosophy, but their record’s message felt tenfold when you see the band on stage with a blatant joy that cannot and should not be hidden.
There is a difference between telling everyone to be happy and positive and actually setting an example to follow. The Streets of Laredo’s make music that is optimistic, but when seen live soars into fully energizing. They are they type of concert that you go to see, and walk out feeling like life might actually be good. This may seem like a small feat, but not every concert goes above giving you entertainment to also give you a sense of gratitude; that is a whole other level of goodness. Thus, gratitude was dripping out of the audience like sweet jam from a pastry. The audience danced to their tracks like”Wild”, “99.9%”, and “Silly Bones”, to which they played with a zest as if that night was both the first and last concert they would every play. Their marvel over the audience and their own presence ruminated through the room, and released everyone’s inner child to come out and play. The kiddish joy was especially brought by lead singer Daniel Gibson.