The last time ex-Fueled By Ramen band The Hush Sound was in Columbus, it was summer 2008 and they played in The Basement. Five years later, The Hush Sound returned to Columbus, playing at A&R Music Bar on June 5th.
Opening for The Hush Sound was Lucas Carpenter, a pop singer from Pennsylvania. Carpenter wasn’t well known by the audience but he conversed with them to keep their attention during his set.
Even though Carpenter is a solo artist, he was able to have an entire band accompany him with the help of his laptop and his looper pedal. The looper pedal allowed Carpenter to record some vocals and a tambourine part before starting the set.
Carpenter played a total of four songs, one of which is from his upcoming album, which he is currently recording. Carpenter said his inspiration comes from touring the country and encountering all kinds of people.
After Carpenter came Genevieve, of Company and Thieves. Genevieve was without her band due to the fact that she is currently working on her first solo album.
Genevieve played a grand total of five songs, all of which were from her upcoming album. To accompany her during her set, she had Darren Wilson, bassist from The Hush Sound, on guitar.
After her set, Genevieve hung out with the fans in the crowd and was seen dancing during River City Extension and Hockey. She even accompanied River City Extension during one of their eight songs.
River City Extension kept the audience wide-awake during their energetic set. Not once did guitarist John Muccino stay in one spot. He, along with violinist Rebecca Schlappich and singer/guitarist Joe Michelini, danced their way through every single song. The trio made their way around the front of the stage, only pausing their dancing in between songs to talk to the crowd.
Hockey graced the stage ten minutes after River City Extension departed. The band, which hails from New York City, The band played 10 songs total and woke up the crowd from their half slumber. Hockey was able to get the crowd psyched for The Hush Sound, singing both old and new songs during their set.
Even though The Hush Sound was gone for five years, it felt like no time at all. First, singer Greta Salpeter graced the stage to open the set with, “Intro,” the first track from their third album, “Goodbye Blues.”
After the slow introduction, Bob Morris, Wilson, Chris Faller and opener Lucas Carpenter joined Salpeter on stage to kick off their 16 song set with another “Goodbye Blues” song, “Love You Much Better.”
The band played more older songs before transitioning into the new song, “Scavengers.” Even though the audience did not know every word to the song, they were attentive and respectful.
Then it was back to old songs where the audience started a balloon and bubbles party.
The band played “Medicine Man,” which allowed the audience to fill the room with their vocals. The band smiled and laughed as they listened to all of the people singing along; it was clear that even after five years, people still loved “Goodbye Blues” as much as they did when it was released in March 2008.
The band played new song “Tidal Wave,” before Salpeter softly started “Echo.” The audience quietly sang along with her until the song started gaining some speed. Then the crowd sped up and sang louder.
The band decided to have a break after “Echo.” Morris called out to fans that liked to dance and he and Salpeter picked out five fans in the crowd for a dance off. The five fans made their way to the stage and introduced themselves before The Hush Sound launched into another new song, “Not a Stranger.” Members from the other bands came out on stage to dance as well. The fans and band members danced their way through the entire song and at the end the rest of the fans in the venue voted for their favorite dancer by cheering.
After the dance off, The Hush Sound played “Honey” where the crowd went insane and sang along with every word.
Morris, after “Honey,” had another chance to let his vocals shine in “Not Your Concern.” And once again he got up in front of the first row and played to individual people in the front.
The band ended the set with “Momentum,” one of the songs from “So. Sudden.” The song started slow and slowly increased in speed and in volume.
The Hush Sound left the stage after “Momentum,” but came back onstage within two minutes due to the crowd screaming.
With the help of Michelini and Muccino, The Hush Sound did a Jamaican rendition of their song, “Crawling Toward the Sun.” Morris joked that the song was going to be used for a television commercial in the fall, but assured the fans that he really was joking.
Finally, the night ended with “Wine Red.” Salpeter started off the song slower than the album version, which threw fans off as they tried to sing along. The pace picked up through and as quick as “Wine Red” started, it was over.
The Hush Sound proved that even though they were gone for five years, they still know how to throw a party.
The Hush Sound’s set:
- Love You Much Better
- Sweet Tangerine
- Break the Sky
- We Intertwined
- As You Cry
- Medicine Man
- Tidal Wave
- Not a Stranger
- Not Your Concern
- Crawling Towards the Sun
- Wine Red