Cosmic Guilt packs the stage and the house at Free at Noon
“We were not expecting all of you,” joked James Everhart at a break during Cosmic Guilt‘s Free at Noon concert. “I would have made more to eat. If no one showed up, I figured we could make a bunch of noise between songs so people out on the radio thought there were people here. But here you are!”
While the house was packed, certainly there were enough people onstage that Everhart’s plan could have worked. The full 10-piece compliment of Cosmic Guilt assembled for the show, opening the set with the soaring single “Cautious Lovers” and going on to give an idea of the dreamy Americana this band has been cooking up during COVID times.
The first part of the set featured three debuts of as-yet unheard songs: the very Dylanesqe “Greener Leaves,” which features a ripping pedal steel solo by Zena Kay, “Blue Heaven,” a showtunesy bop named after a bar in Port Richmond, and “Tell It To Me Slow,” which Everhart noted is “also about a bar in Port Richmond.” Good to have your priorities straight.
“We use a lot of weird turnings, a lot of Fairport Convention-y sounds,” Everhart joked. “This is called ‘standard.’” From there, the rest of the set followed the structure of Cosmic Guilt’s Unprecedented Sessions concert from the summer — the moving “Now I Feel It,” the hoedown throwdown jam “Cosmic Guilt,” the radiant “Sun In Your Eyes,” and the rip-roaring show-stopped about existential dread, “Silver and Lead.”
Listen to Cosmic Guilt’s full set below, watch videos from their performance, and catch them at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, November 13th. Details at the XPN Concert Calendar.