Monsters of Folk
October 31, 2009
Monsters of Folk’s Halloween appearance at the Louisville, Palace had many surprises for a sold out costumed crowd. Starting with "Say Please" from their self-titled 2009 album, M. Ward, Jim James, Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst kept the Louisville throng entranced for two and a half hours of heightened tension and release compositions tailor-made to each singer’s strengths.
"Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" was played with a steamy r & b riff that focused in on the falsetto bravura of My Morning Jacket’s James. His dreamy strumming on the MMJ gems "Golden" and "Smoking from Shooting" enhanced the expert instrumental interplay of Mogis, Oberst and Ward.
"The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me" was a marvel of Ward’s timeless lyric output and MOF’s intricate musical arrangements. "Man Named Truth" held Oberst in check as he captivated the crowd with his uniquely skewered folk rock delivery.
The group left the stage for a twenty minute intermission, until the opening chords of "Detriot Rock City" could be heard over the Palace’s sound system. The curtain was raised to reveal Monster’s of Folk dressed as Kiss with James as Gene Simmons, Mogis and Ward as Ace Frehely and Oberst as Paul Stanley. They free wheeled through Ward’s contemporary swing of "Whole Lotta Losin’." Then the My Morning Jacket type pounding grunge rock on "Losin’ Yo Head" took over, with the audience dancing in the aisles and singing back towards the stage.
A final smack of Kiss’ classic party anthem, "Rock and Roll All Night" was all that was needed to end a perfect mix of heady alternative folk rock blues and metal mayhem at the Palace Theater in Louisville with Monsters of Folk.