Spanish festival also saw performances from Tyler, The Creator, The Thurston Moore Band, Jungle and James Blake
The Black Keys closed the opening day of Primavera Sound festival with a thunderous headline set last night (May 28).
The two-piece, from Akron, Ohio, walked onstage and launched into opener ‘Dead And Gone’, from 2011 album ‘El Camino’. During its outro, frontman Dan Auerbach, wearing a tight denim shirt, stalked the front of the stage, headbanging. ‘Next Girl’ and ‘Run Right Back’ followed, drummer Pat Carney pummelling his multi-coloured kit as Auerbach sang.
As usual, the band’s crowd interaction was kept to a minimum, the duo instead ploughing through a similar setlist to last year’s tour for latest album ‘Turn Blue’. The performance was the band’s first live date since December 2014 when Carney was ruled out of action following an injury sustained while surfing.
The crowd, who had earlier seen sets from London indie-popper Baxter Dury and reformed punk legends The Replacements, reserved some of the loudest cheers for the band’s traditional cover of Edwyn Collins’ ‘A Girl Like You’. The stomping ‘Money Maker’ and an extended thrash through ‘She’s Long Gone’ set up a finale of ‘Little Black Submarines’, which built from Auerbach’s whispered intro to a cacophonous surge of riffs.
The Black Keys played:
‘Dead And Gone’
‘Run Right Back’
‘Same Old Thing’
‘Gold On The Ceiling’
‘Too Afraid To Love You’
‘Howlin’ For You’
‘A Girl Like You’
‘Gotta Get Away’
‘She’s Long Gone’
‘Weight Of Love’
‘Little Black Submarines’
Earlier in the evening, The Thurston Moore Band, Spiritualized and Sunn 0))) played back to back on the ATP Stage. Wearing bright red trousers, Thurston Moore, backed by My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Goodge and ex-Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, clattered through a set of extended noise jams largely drawn from last year’s album ‘The Best Day’. Spiritualized, meanwhile, countered heavy psychedelic sections with delicate interludes, with frontman Jason Pierce hidden behind large sunglasses.
Over on the Pitchfork Stage, Montreal punk foursome Ought treated the crowd to some untitled new songs, all of which were hewn from rigid melodies and drum clatter like those on 2014’s ‘More Than Any Other Day’. On the same stage, bounding around wearing bright yellow shorts, Tyler, The Creator screamed “Barcelona!” before leading a crowd chant of “Cherry Bomb”, the title of his latest album.
Closing the Heineken Stage, James Blake played a largely subdued set, focusing on heavy bass, affected piano and his soulful vocals. The Londoner largely avoided the speedier, garage sound of his early releases, but did find space for an indulgent version of ‘Limit To Your Love’, the Feist cover he released in 2010. Powered by funk rhythms and vocals from energetic backing vocalists, Jungle’s late-night show on the Ray-Ban Stage prompted more dancing, the audience grooving to ‘Busy Earnin’’ and ‘Time’. Before the latter frontman Tom McFarland said, “This is our first festival of the year, it’s a pleasure to share it with you, you look beautiful!”
Primavera Sound continues today with performances from Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Run The Jewels and Ride.