The set got off to a shaky start, as inconsistent monitor levels had the members struggling to hear each other, with Buckle having difficulty harmonizing during "Mr. Magic." After some adjustments, the band rallied behind "Give It All to Me," having lived in the Carouser's tunes long enough now that they've become staples. The older Black Belt numbers benefitted from being reworked as well. "Imaginary Plane" has always been my least favorite Majorleans song, but for this go-round, they slowed it down, allowing me to hear just how deep the pocket of rhythm section Bongers & Brooks goes. By the time they'd reached the end of "What I Mean" five songs in, the confidence was visible, Nicky shaking his narrow hips as the crowd clapped for more. "Once the pendulum starts swinging, it doesn't stop," Francis acknowledged. "Not in those jeans!" came a teasing rebuttal from a crowdmember. Trading out his Rickenbacker electric for a Gibson acoustic, Nicky led the band on a duo of Carouser's ditties, "Under the Spell" and "Sunrise Mary," the latter of which was greeted with knowing cheers from the audience.
Almost as big of a surprise as the new lighting on the walls, but entirely more welcome, was the second live performance ever of "Lonesome Seaside Driving School." Written while driving along the southern coast of France, the introspective and atmospheric ballad stood proudly amid the band's rockers. Having pulled it off without a hitch, Nicky warned the people, "It's all biscuits in your mouth from here on out, so be ready." He held onto the Gibson for a terrific "Under Ma Wheels" before returning to the Rick on "Tattoo." Chris sustained the song's final note to give Francis enough leeway to slap on a capo for their frequent closer and time-tested crowd-pleaser "Never Had Enough." While it definitely sucks about the sconces, fortunately the Mercury Lounge will always be about the music, first and foremost.
THE MAJORLEANS - 12.07.16 - MERCURY LOUNGE (53 minutes)
Mr. Magic / Give It All to Me / Imaginary Plane / Set to Receive / What I Mean / Under the Spell / Sunrise Mary / Lonesome Seaside Driving School / Under Ma Wheels / Tattoo > Never Had Enough