"Right before we went on, we were all nervous and excited, but we knew that all the progress we've made as a band had to come to that moment," drummer Jared Gould told me. "I don't think it was necessarily the best show we've ever played, but we were feeding off of the energy from the crowd more than anything.
"It was definitely a little intimidating watching the other three bands play, but we really just kept the mindset of playing the best show we possibly can and just leaving it all out on the stage."
Get your lighters out when you catch Fairhaven's live show — Connell's falsetto sweeps atop Trevor Gould's piano as they sink their big hooks in. They're in the realm of the Fray, Keane, Guster, and Zox, and if early cuts such as "Reunion" and "Catch" (which they continue to offer on a free EP at live shows) showed their potential, then the new track "The World Is Ours" may provide a course-altering moment for Fairhaven, and no doubt sealed the deal in front of the 750 or so fans at Lupo's.
'LEAVING IT ALL OUT ON THE STAGE' Fairhaven.
Gould said of his competitors: "They are all incredibly talented musicians and performers, and we really had a great time speaking with them throughout the night. Southern New England's local music, even beyond the four bands at Lupo's, has so much to offer, and I am definitely proud to be a part of this scene." He said to expect a Fairhaven full-length around autumn and the band will continue to play the region through the summer.
What does WBRU have in store for Fairhaven in '09? Clough checked in via email after the dust settled on Washington Street: "Fairhaven will play a gig at our 2009 Venue Hunt winner [Firehouse 13] soon, and we are doing a Rock Hunt All-Stars-type show for that gig, as former winners and finalists will join Fairhaven for a great multi-band bill. And we certainly will be making the effort to get them on a WBRU Summer Concert Series show as well. Fairhaven has a bunch of great songs that WBRU listeners will hear through the rest of 2009 and hopefully beyond."
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