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- Posted on Jan 28th 2011 12:00PM by Emily Tan
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"What we're going to do tonight is very simple," guitarist Peter Moren told the crowd. "We're going to play our new record, not exactly in order though."
While they didn't want to follow the album's track list, Peter Bjorn and John started their set with 'Tomorrow Has to Wait,' the first song on 'Gimme More.' As Moren previously told Spinner, the band avoided sound machines and electronic layers and went for the more traditional rock 'n' roll sound, which is evident in the songs like 'Dig a Little Deeper' and 'I Know You Don't Love Me.'
Even though the band has been playing together for years, it didn't mean they were safe from technical difficulty. As they were about to play 'Second Chance,' Moren immediately had issues with his guitar, and since the band was playing a small "punk gig" with no crew, they were left to handle their own equipment issues. Despite the slipup, the show went on with the same energy and upbeat vibe Peter Bjorn and John intended their fans to get from 'Gimme Some.'
In all, the band performed most of the record, including the song Björn Yttling wrote about the Swedish king, '(Don't Let Them) Cool Off,' the surprisingly upbeat track about watching your own funeral, 'May Seem Macabre,' and the frenetic show-stealer 'Breaker Breaker.' When they weren't focused on their music, the trio was encouraging the audience to wave their "funk mittens," three-thumbed foam hands that resemble the 'Gimme Some' album art. "We need to see those foam hands and wave them from side to side," Moren said. Then, after exhausting the new material, the band threw an older song into the mix and performed 'Let's Call It Off' from their 2006 hit album, 'Writer's Block' then ended their set by playing 'When You Find Out' by California pop trio the Nerves, one of their inspirations for 'Gimme Some.'
In advance of the March 29 release of 'Gimme Some,' Peter Bjorn and John will play Brooklyn's Rock Shop on Jan. 28 and Los Angeles' Eagle Rock Center on Jan. 30 before heading to Europe.