Looking like the Wiggles meets Burning Man and sounding like a well-traveled indie-pop troupe, Tune-Yards returned to Colorado to play the Gothic Theatre on Wednesday. A haphazardly hung pink cloth draped the back of the stage adorned with eyes that looked like they were cut out of construction paper. Below, Merrill Garbus and her band thumped, jumped and cooed through its set of worldly, erratic and fun loving music.
Built from a series of complex moving parts, the DNA of Tune-Yards would be tough to string together, if it weren’t for Garbus’ gift of melody. When layered percussion, a seemingly-unrelated bass line and synth are doing their own thing, Garbus gives Tune-Yards a confident and logical connection. You’re forced to trust her, as she smiles, bounces and yips on stage.
Having performed in Colorado just last month opening for Arcade Fire at the Pepsi Center, Tune-Yards returned for its biggest headlining show to date. This is a moment that Garbus pointed out during one of her brief (and awkward) chats with the audience.
“You guys remember when we played at the Hi-Dive? Or how about when we played at Lions Den (Lair?) in 2008,” she asked the crowd.