Wooly Mammoth doesn’t play nearly enough shows in the area. The DC-hailing rockers come up here once a month during a good stretch; and part of that is due to their self-imposed sabbatical starting late 2007.
Since then, they’ve emerged for a few scant shows in DC. I’ve had their debut LP The Temporary Nature in intermittent rotation since I first got my hands on it over a year ago, and the moon and stars had yet to align and allow me to experience them live.
Their performance at the Talking Head June 23 was to be my first exposure and I had high expectations. A number of things conspired to prevent these from being met.
The first was the abysmal attendance. By all indications only a few dozen people showed up and stuck around for Wooly Mammoth’s set. And that’s being optimistic.
Secondly, half the crowd were either friends, acquaintances or other band members. This does not bode well…