Typhoon’s show at the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday night was an anomaly. A freak. It was the rarest of shows that leaves the crowd and the performers more similar than different before the end of the night. It was a concert with a rallying cry named Kyle Morton.
Morton writes sad music. It’s introspective, depressed, highly personal and revealing. Morton is at the center of Portland, Ore., indie-folk group that’s having a very strong 2012. The number of members fluctuates, but on Wednesday night, there were nine of them crammed onto Larimer’s small corner stage. Their arrangements are lush with horn sections and ornate flourishes, an impressive feat in a landscape that has seen many indie bands shrink in size and sound.
So why mention the fact that Morton broadcasts his less-than-cheery thoughts? Because in Denver he laid them bare for the audience to hear, and it was hard not to perceive the audience and his fellow band members as shoulders to lean on. And the audience responded as any good support group does. They listened intently, and when necessary, they screamed Morton’s lines right back at him.
The set included sad tracks such as “Starting Over (Bad Habits),” “White Liars” and “The Honest Truth,” and with each song the crowd assured Morton that he wasn’t alone. The other eight members of Typhoon were behind Morton and to his side, and together with the audience they formed a protective barrier around the singer-songwriter. At one point it was even difficult to discern between the crowd and the band as both ironically sang, “There’s a liar in everyone; or am I the only one?”
It was the rare type of show when the band receives more than just the audience’s money and the audience receives more than just a night of music. So while the venue might have only been half-full, it felt as if it were past capacity.
Nic Turiciano is a writer and student in Fort Collins. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at email@example.com.
Jackie Nuxoll is a Denver photographer and a new contributor to Reverb.