Summer Meltdown 2012: The Silent ComedyPosted by Lindsey Bluher
Well, if there was a hidden gem in the weekend’s line up that basically NO ONE saw coming, The Silent Comedy was it. Playing Saturday night, in the haze between True Spokes and Beats Antique, these rowdy guys brought the Northern Lights Stage to a peak – the crowd positively lost their cool. And who could blame the audience when you’re being egged on by a group of mustached men throwing themselves at you and encouraging you to chug your beer.
The quintet look the part of their folky rock. Armed with a massive handlebar mustache that puts the one Daniel Day-Lewis sported in Gangs of New York look like a joke and dressed to the 9s in vests and slacks, these boys were here to blow everyone away. While they may sound like Mumford and Sons on record, live they’re cut from a different cloth. They are wild and impossible to keep track of – when you’re watching Jeremiah Zimmerman sing and play the keys, don’t be surprised if his brother Joshua Zimmerman dips into the crowd and comes back wearing a bright pink feather boa. Yeah, that happened.
What got me most about this show was that while most people in attendance hadn’t the slightest clue what they were walking into, this is a band that is more capable than most at getting a group of people to rally around them and get lost in the moment. While they were singing “Gasoline,” I’m not sure if they had secretly taught everyone in attendance the chorus by the river or what, but I saw people belting “I am alright/ I am alright/ I’m doing just fine” as loud as they could into the night’s sky. That performance, that song and that moment brought several people in the crowd to tears. And I may or may not have been one of them. It was a defining moment of the festival, brought to the Meltdown audience by an unexpected band. And aren’t the unexpected things in life usually the best?
Here’s a video of part of their absolutely incredible set: