Seeing Vetiver at IOTA for me will always recall the first time I ever saw them live, back in 2004. Back then, Andy Cabic and his band came to IOTA as part of a package show that is now considered somewhat legendary around these parts. With a line-up featuring a more hushed version of Vetiver, a spritely Joanna Newsom, and headlined by everyone’s favorite beardo, Devendra Banhart, this was both a critic’s and a fan’s dreamteam showcase of California indie folk-pop.
And since then, Andy has stayed on the road pretty constantly. He’s maintained a pretty active tour regiment with Vetiver, as well as having accompanied his pal Devendra as a bandmember during the tours for Cripple Crow and Smoky Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.
Last month, as part of a somewhat shorter 10-date tour, we were treated to a Vetiver set at IOTA once again: a perfect setting that allows for one to become fully enveloped in the warmth of Andy’s voice.
While still able to seduce the audience with intimate acoustic numbers, his 5-piece band really shines on fuller, more driving jams like “You May Be Blue” and “Another Reason to Go.”
Just before the set, Andy took a few minutes to sit down with us for a chat in IOTA’s dining room. Playing this area is a bit of a homecoming for Andy. Despite living in San Francisco, he grew up in Northern Virginia, during which time he interned with Teen Beat and Simple Machines.
Last year, Vetiver released their debut album for Sub Pop, Tight Knit. This record is their fourth full-length, and seems to fully encapsulate the evolving moods, richness and nuances of Vetiver; exploring ideas touched upon over the previous albums and EPs in greater depth.
For fans and those of you who missed the IOTA show, Vetiver returns to DC this week with the Clientele. Check ‘em out at the Black Cat this Tuesday, Feb. 23.