Noise Pop: Mount Eerie and Gray Tolhurst at Swedish American Hall, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Mount Eerie performed this past Thursday, February 22nd at The Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. Despite receiving applause upon walking onstage and setting up his guitar, Mount Eerie’s core member Phil Elverum spent little time with pleasantries or small talk, simply diving straight into his set.

Beginning his performance with a string of tracks from his latest album, ‘A Crow Looked at Me’, Elverum tackled some incredibly emotional memories and experiences surrounding the recent passing of his wife. The seated audience was nearly silent, save for later in the set, when tracks tackled different and sometimes humorous subject matter, generating brief laughter.

Elverum’s performance was no frills and minimal, with just an acoustic guitar and his voice providing the evening’s soundtrack.

Opening the night was local artist Gray Tolhurst, son of former The Cure band member Lol Tolhurst. Tolhurst also wielded just an acoustic guitar for his music, later joined by a bandmate from his Topographies project, who contributed some interesting sounds by scraping a metal bar across his electric guitar’s strings.

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