American Mourning held their spirits high at Smitty’s Green Light Tavern, on Nov. 1. They were the opening act, Stem Beach Soul Revival was the main support and Contraband was the headliner.
Shanon Sinclair is the guitarist, Shaun Herrera is the drummer, John Bueno is the vocalist and guitarist, and Jeff Clauson is the bassist of American Mourning. Sinclair and Clauson are also the backup vocalists.
Before American Mourning began their set with “Party at the Moon Tower”—they performed a jam session, as their sound check. As they did so—the vibration caused Bueno’s jacket to fall onto the stage, after it had rested upon the ledge. As they pressed forward, more patrons began to trickle into the venue. The jam session/sound check concluded, as Herrera struck the last note.
After “Timeless Art of Seduction”, Sinclair greeted the audience and went onto say how the cold weather was affecting the strings of his guitar. As he toughened through the difficulty, he and Herrera began “Color Me Depressed”.
Prior to the start of “O Dear Youth”—Bueno joked with the audience and mentioned how American Mourning usually does not dress the way they did, for their performances. He continued to describe the story behind the song and how it was about being young. He maintained his sense of humor and said he did not know what the feeling was like anymore. During the recital—he turned around, held his guitar near a small monitor behind him and the result was his guitar letting out a screeching sound.
As American Mourning’s cover of Super Chunk’s “Slack MotherF****r” was about to get underway— Herrera adjusted the wing nut, which kept one of his cymbals intact. As he did so—Bueno mentioned it was the first time he ever played a guitar solo, during “O Dear Youth”. He guaranteed it was the last time he would perform one, as the crowd laughed with him.
Herrera began to strike his drum set rapidly, as he began “(Untitled) Fast One”. As the song continued, he struck his cymbals to slow down the tempo. As Bueno provided the vocals, the music intensified and Sinclair assisted with backup vocals. Afterwards, Herrera and Bueno spoke amongst themselves. Then— American Mourning ended with “(Untitled) Slow One”, as Clauson assisted with backup vocals.
“Two Steps Forward”, “Said and Done” and “Words Like Knives” were also part of American Mourning’s set.