Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Long Winters

Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Local Music
05/13/2017
Matthew Howland
all photos by Morgen Schuler (view set)

KEXP's Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed off with John Roderick's Seattle institution The Long Winters, who performed highlights spanning their three full-length albums in a memorable performance. Roderick was joined by Sean Nelson (KEXP, Harvey Danger), former Long Winters drummer (and 4AD head) Nabil Ayers, and musician, engineer, and longtime Long Winters member Eric Corson (Perfume Genius, Los Campesinos).

Starting off with "Car Parts" from 2002's The Worst You Can Do is Harm, the band sounded tight and cohesive, despite having performed only for four hours together in the past five years (as Roderick humorously informed the crowd). During tracks like "Pushover" and "New Girl" (as requested by KEXP's DJ Morgan), The Long Winters sounded like the best power pop this side of Sloan, with Nelson and Roderick's voices combining to great melodic effect. The set closed with fan favorite "Cinnamon," from 2003's When I Pretend to Fall, which provided a perfect denouement to KEXP's Upstream coverage for the day.

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