Arts & Culture / Mosaic / Music / September 21, 2011

Poets and Peasants and Lions, oh my!

Last Friday was a musical evening for those who entered the Oak Room to enjoy performances from our very own Poets & Peasants and also from the touring Pet Lions band.

Organized by the Union Board, the event started around 7:30 p.m. after the crew had set up the audio system and dim teal and orange lighting.

The night got off to an energetic start with the ensemble of percussionist, strings and harmonious vocal talents playing catchy music as the front row of the crowd moved and clapped to the beat.

“We got to dance a lot, and that was fun,” freshman Molly Suter said at the end of the evening.

Poets and Peasants played several of their own songs but included covers too, always consistent with their distinguished, jazzy, organic style.

“A lot of people, I think, came to see the first band. They know them and like them already,” senior Destiny Ziebol remarked. But like many among the crowd, she pointed out how the microphone was not very clear, making it difficult to catch lyrics.

“Even when they were talking normally, it was hard to understand them,” Ziebol said.

After arriving in the Oak Room, Pet Lions took the stage with Karl Øtsby on the lead guitar and vocals, Shuhei Yamamoto playing bass and occasionally on vocals and Matt Dahl on drums.

The chillout session was a great ending to the night featuring songs from the Chicago band’s older album and also some from their latest, “Houses,” released May this year. The album was described on their website as “sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD.” The crowd seemed to enjoy the music, and even members from Poets & Peasants stayed to listen.

After the last song was played at about 9 p.m., some stayed behind to purchase CDs and merchandise. Among the songs played that night were “Roman History” and “Southern Arms.”

“Go on YouTube and search for ‘Christian the Lion’,” Øtsby replied regarding the story behind the band’s name.

The touring band was headed for St. Louis next.

“We were invited and we couldn’t decline. I was excited, because I’ve never been to Galesburg, so why not?” said Øtsby.

Later, the band tweeted, “Awesome show at Knox College. They’re even buying us dinner! Club sandwich is on its way. Yes!”

You can follow them as PetLions on Twitter.

Ayesha Fariz

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