Brian Fallon and his band, The Howling Weather took the stage Friday night at the Union Transfer in front of a capacity crowd. Although this wasn’t a “hometown” show, Brian grew up and lives just over an hour away. Philadelphia has always had a strong following whether it be the GLA days or Brian’s solo projects.
Taking the stage at 9:30 sharp in support of his most recent album “Sleepwalkers” Brian and the boys played an hour and a half straight with no break. They opened with The Horrible Crowes’ song “Last Rites” which then led into a slew of songs off the recent album. Forget Me Not, Little Nightmares and Come Wander with Me were all standouts. I witnessed a Crime, Behold the Hurricane and Sugar were other Horrible Crowes songs played. Brian also mixed in a tremendous cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train” and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” which both drew great applause.
A full ovation occurred as Brian referenced the recent Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win noting that he was proud for the city and fans as he grew up an Eagles fan. The night ended with a 4 song encore as the band left Brian alone on the stage, he took the piano for an acoustic version of ’59 sound off of The Gaslight Anthem’s second studio album ’59 Sound. That was followed by Don’t Think Twice, Proof of Life and Prayers for the finale.
I highly recommend catching this tour anywhere possible. Brian is one of the greatest modern songwriters and isn’t even close to hitting his peak. Sleepwalkers is a great follow up to his last album “Painkillers”. Some of the deepest lyrics and hidden references packed into every song.
Review and Photos by Brad Ferko.