Conor Oberst’s recently revived project Desaparecidos stopped by The Fonda in Hollywood Monday night, reminding people that the post-hardcore/emo scene wasn’t just about goth teenagers whining into their diaries. Amped up with a political undertone, the band rocked their way through a 16-song set which basically summed up their entire output.
Since releasing their only LP in 2002, the band has been on extended hiatus, Oberst devoting more time to Bright Eyes, with other band members similarly diverted– guitarist Denver Dalley founded Statistics, for example. Their output has almost doubled in the last 12 months or so, with a number of two-song releases, and these were happily lapped up by the mixed-age audience. The biggest reactions were reserved for the older numbers, however, notable “Mañana” and “Greater Omaha.”
Oberst periodically went on politically motivated tangents in between songs, at one point requesting that the audience take up the cause of notorious cyber-group Anonymous, before launching into a recent single of the same name, in support of the group. Oberst, it transpires, is not a fan of modern government.
Political interjections aside, the band still knows how to rock and they seemingly couldn’t hold themselves back at the end of the set, following a rousing cover of The Clash’s “Spanish Bombs,” whereupon Dalley dove into the audience, to the delight of all present. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, at the culmination of the final song, Hole In One, drummer Matt Baum couldn’t help himself, and also took a dive onto the crowd, to ride the audience in a musician’s lap-of-honor.
The Left Is Right
Mall Of America
The Happiest Place On Earth
The Underground Man
Man And Wife, The Former (Financial Planning)
Survival of the Fittest / It’s a Jungle Out There
Te Amo Camilia Vallejo
Man And Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)
Spanish Bombs (The Clash cover)
Hole In One
(Courtesy of Setlist.FM)