A Wild Great Big Pile of Leaves Celebration in Williamsburg

June 22nd, 2015

A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Music Hall of Williamsburg – June 19, 2015

A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Music Hall of Williamsburg – June 19, 2015
Even if you’ve never heard or seen A Great Big Pile of Leaves before, they’re an easy band for me to describe to you. Each of the four members is wildly talented, which surfaces in the poppy-but-never-simple indie rock they write and perform. They’re the kind of nerdy musicians that named their 2010 debut Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? and got away with it. And before the band played the jam “Bring Back Breakfast” at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night, lead singer Pete Weiland wryly prefaced it by saying, “This next song is about how positive cereal consumption affects the quality of overall life.”

The headlining show was about honoring the five-year anniversary of that first LP. A Great Big Pile of Leaves always bring a wild, young crowd regardless of which borough they play in, but the group dwells in Brooklyn, so their shows there always pack extra punch. This time around, Music Hall of Williamsburg was filled with sweaty twentysomethings screaming all the lyrics to Cortex—and by the end of the show, a few gigantic beach balls.

It was a simple set: Weiland and the band knocked off each of the album’s songs in front of yellow bulbs strung up around the set, and, like usual didn’t spend much time bantering. Their fans never mind, because they’re always too busy crowd surfing or stage diving to care. A Great Big Pile of Leaves wrapped the Cortex set and returned for a short encore, but that was it. It was a Friday night in Brooklyn, after all, and we all had other things to get to. —Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |