Mainland, and The Mowgli’s @ Basement East in Nashville, TN
Review & Photography by: Laurel Williams
This week I caught the Mowgli’s midway through their Real Good Life Tour at Nashville’s Basement East. Their tour-mates Mainland opened the show, carrying a sound larger than their four-piece band. There were moments of grit and grunge, blended with completely danceable guitar riffs that left the crowd unselfconsciously grooving. The crowd jumped and danced through their energetic cover of Should I Stay or Should I Go. I immediately made a note in my phone that they’d be back in town in May (so Nashville friends- keep an eye out).
It felt like the room was full of pure joy by the time the Mowgli’s took the stage. Fans at the front of the stage sang along like they were singing on a road trip in their best friend’s car. The band played off of the crowd’s energy with ease, interacting with fans like friends. A fan valiantly attempted to stage-dive at a somewhat inopportune moment, so they brought him onstage to dance along for the next song. The crowd shouted along to the lyrics of Whatever Forever and Alone Sometimes, and during these tunes lead singer Colin took several moments to lower his mic and just sing along. The high-energy show was a perfect embodiment of the Mowgli’s frank optimism and positivity. Catch them on the end of this tour if you can. After all, who couldn’t use a night to celebrate a real good life?