What stuck out to me was how well-paced the whole performance was. The band took Velour through a series of peaks and valleys. At one point, Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen exited the stage to leave Henderson and Osmond to a few slower tracks. The whole thing wrapped up with a stunning performance of “Angels,” a slow-brewing bluesy track from 27 Ways that builds to a towering guitar solo from Boyer that had the entire room shaking. It’s a moment that splendidly illustrates Desert Noises’ roots, and why they are such a well-respected, well-received group—followed by the foot-stompin’, bluegrass-inspired barn burner “Dime in My Pocket,” which also closes out Ways.
I could not think of a better ending, and despite the crowd calling for an encore, I left on that note. It was a near-perfect performance from one of the hottest, and now road-tested, bands around at Velour. Honestly, how could it have been better?