There was a big difference between Washed Out on record and Washed Out the show. If you’re the kind of person who wants a band to sound exactly like they do on the record, you probably hated this show—a lot of the songs were changed up a bit to translate into a full band as Washed Out has moved from a bedroom project to a career for Greene. The songs sounded bigger and louder and heavier than the laptop synth-pop versions. Though the drummer, bassist and keyboard/synth player were stone-faced throughout the entire show, Greene was obviously into it—pounding on his keys, bobbing his head like a parrot and putting himself into every word he sang. You could tell he really gives a shit and that he was loving every second of the performance. The band played almost the entire Life of Leisure EP in addition to a big chunk of Within and Without. The crowd went crazy when they heard the opening for bangers such as “Amor Fati” and “Get Up,” but everyone really went ape-shit when they realized that the band was about to play “Feel It All Around.” Greene cracked a smile right before starting—he knew that this single song is really what everyone was waiting for. Evan Abeele from Memoryhouse grabbed a guitar and joined in for the most popular television theme song among 21 to 35-year-old Americans. Some genius screamed “Portlandia!” after the song, and another genius told his friend, “That song’s on Portlandia.”
After another handful of songs that were all too good to remember them individually, Greene said “Thank you,” and ran off stage in a dorky, obvious pre-encore dash. As they ran back on, they wasted no time with a heavy-hitting remix (Is it a remix if it’s live?) of what I think was “Echoes” but sounded more upbeat—whatever it was, it was by far the best song of the show and elicited five straight minutes of headbanging by a long-haired dude in the crowd. Many weird dance moves were danced during the second encore song as the crowd tried to suck as much magic out of Washed Out as they could before the night was over. The band ended the show with a blast of white light and smiles all around—especially Greene, who looked like he had just been saved. Shit, by the end of the show I felt like I had been saved. Thank god he didn’t just bring a mic and a laptop.