If there’s anyone in Savannah who loves Murder By Death more than I do, it might be Jinx owner Susanne Guest Warnekros and her longtime bar staff. A few songs into the show Adam Turla of MBD told a funny story about heading south from Louisville for Shaky Knees in Atlanta and trying to decide whether the festival should be a one-off show. As the band was contemplating a few other southern dates, Gil Cruz from The Jinx happened to send an email in all caps — the crowd around me burst out laughing at this point in the story — asking “WHEN THE FUCK ARE YOU COMING BACK TO THE JINX” or something close to that.
So Murder By Death returned to The Jinx for what was, I think, their fourth Savannah show. It’s the smallest room that MBD is still playing anywhere in the world.
I didn’t keep track of the whole setlist, but it included beautiful renditions of “Lost River”, “I Came Around”, “Strange Eyes”, and tons more. The mix was truly exceptional for the show, too. Great stuff all the way around. How will the band follow up the album Big Dark Love? I can’t wait to find out.
Saintseneca opened. Wow. I had never seen and knew little about the Columbus, Ohio-based 5-piece, but I was impressed with everything about the set — provocative lyrics, beautiful vocals, lush instrumentation. I will be following Saintseneca from here on out.
There are some tough lighting conditions at The Jinx right now, but I obviously took some photos. More after the jump.