The city of Seattle was met with both moments of stillness and bombast Thursday night, when Irish outfit Little Green Cars made a headlining appearance at the Crocodile Café. The show, which found local act Kris Orlowski opening for the group, marked the last stop on the band’s most recent West Coast tour.
No stranger to the Crocodile stage, the fellas of Kris Orlowski opened the night with a 45-minute set of lush folk-infused indie-rock cuts. Led by the band’s namesake, Kris Orlowski, the folk-rock five piece has been making quite the buzz in 2013 – having released an EP that landed them spots in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice last season; they’re currently in the midst of wrapping up their first full-length album, Believer, which is expected to be released in the next few months.
Playing a mix of songs from their previously released EPs, as well as a handful of new tracks, Orlowski’s smooth baritone once again captivated his Seattle loyal. High points of the set included a stirring cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” (with Little Green Cars) and an upbeat performance of “All My People,” (off this year’s Pieces We Are).
By the time 10 p.m. rolled around, the members of Little Green Cars were primed to take the stage, with lead vocalist Stevie Appleby taking a moment to acknowledge the unexpectedly full room before dipping seamlessly into “Goodbye Blue Monday,” off their debut full length, Absolute Zero.
Having begun to build a reputation as an incredible live, it’s no surprise the members of Little Green Cars had the audience in the palm of their hands within the first few minutes of their set. You might attribute it to their kinetic energy or the impeccable five-person harmonies you’ll hear throughout their set. But more than that, it has to do with the powerhouse vocals of Faye O’Rourke, whose beefy, soulful croon cuts the room every time she opens her mouth.
Memorable moments in the set included lively renditions of “My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me,” and “Big Red Dragon,” both of which had the entire room stomping their feet and singing along. And while it was likely planned that breakout single “John Wayne” would close out the night, the group was eager to appease chants from the crowd as the began the opening notes of their last song, aided by backup vocals and instrumentation from Kris Orlowski and Co. The song, already the most electrically charged, reached new heights when the band invited members of the audience to join in on the fun on stage.
Yet, as the song came to a close, and the festivities died down, the five-piece did something a little unexpected: they returned the favor by unplugging their instruments and joining the crowd on the floor for an intimate, acoustic sing-along to “The Consequences of Not Sleeping.”