Relix cover subject Monsters of Folk kicked off a tour in support of its self-titled debut last night at Vancouver, BC’s Commodore Ballroom. As previously reported, the folk-rock supergroup consists of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, M. Ward and Bright Eyes staples Conor Oberst and Mike Moogis. The four musicians split keyboard, bass and guitar duties throughout the evening, with Centro-matic’s Will Johnson rounding out the group on drums. In total, the band’s performance ran almost three-hours and included a mix of material from My Morning Jacket, M. Ward and Oberst’s individual canons.
Monsters of Folk kicked off its set with “Whole Lotta Losin” and “Right Place” from the band’s album, before looking back with a reworking of Bright Eyes’ “Soul Singer in a Session Band.” Though the entire band interpreted material by My Morning Jacket (“Smokin from Shootin’”, “At Dawn”), M. Ward (“Paul’s Song,” “Vincent O’ Brien”) and Oberst (“Hit The Switch,” “Another Travelin’ Song”), at times the group broke down into a some mini-combos: Oberst and Moogis offered Bright Eyes’ “We are Nowhere” and “Lenders in the Temple” as a duet, Oberst helped M. Ward on his “Lullaby + Exile,” James and Ward tackled “Out of My Head” and “Wonderful” and Oberst and James took on My Morning Jacket’s “Bermuda Highway.” The Monsters of Folk tour will continue at Portland, OR’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this evening.