This marks a first for Rarity in Form; I’m reviewing an opening band. I believe, unequivocally, that Milo Greene will be the next big thing, and very soon. I had originally come to see The Civil Wars (review coming), who was headlining for the night, but after doing my homework, I was just as excited to see Milo Greene.
They were incredible, end of story. I have never seen so many concert goers awed and speechless following a performance. After their set, the intermission lobby was buzzing on Milo. Eager new fans rushed the merch table to meet the band and grab their EP. I am guilty of lingering to catch a glimpse of the multi-talented and breathtaking Marlana Sheetz. It’s not fair that few expected that type of performance but it was all made up for at the end of the set as the audience rose to give the band a standing ovation. Unheard of for an opening band. This was a special moment for the group and the audience could feel it.
Milo Greene’s set showcased the four tracks from this year’s EP, The Hello Sessions. 1957 and Silent Way are perfect examples of the strength and potential of this band. Their sound is so cohesive and addicting. On stage, Milo Greene is a continuous back and forth chess match. Minus the drums, just about every band member gets a crack at their instrument of choice and even lead on the vocals. I’m not 100% on this, but I’m pretty certain that Marlana played three instruments in one song, now that’s some talent.
The surprise of the set came midway when Milo Green busted out an amazing cover of Sufjan’s Chicago. My days will now be spent scouring the internet for a copy of the cover.
Bottom line, you have to see Milo Greene live. I can’t wait for them to come back around as headliners. Check out my previous post to listen to Milo Greene’s EP.
Live song from Lincoln Theater after the jump!!!
If you do one thing tonight/this week/this year, it should be to listen to Milo Greene. Their songs are draped with ever changing, layered harmonies that will leave you lost in the moment of sound. Milo Greene’s debut EP, The Hello Sessions, is made up of four diverse songs that impact a still and deep feeling that lingers long after the songs are over. I am left wondering what I was doing for the past four minutes after each song.
1957 shows off the talents of female vocalist and guitarist, Marlana Sheetz, and is easily one my favorite indie folk songs of this year. Silent Way is laid out beautifully by the drooping banjo plucking and intermittent violin while the chorus repeats, longingly, “When we’re older can I still come over?“.
Milo Greene has the great privilege of touring with the infections Civil Wars this fall in what will be a must-see concert. And aren’t we so lucky that they will be hitting the area twice! I already have my tickets to the DC show so get yours fast because dates are quickly selling out
- Saturday Oct. 22 @ The Jefferson Theater; Charlottesville,VA
- Sunday Oct. 23 @ The Lincoln Theater; Washington D.C.