After what seemed like a hearty chunk of time between the two opening acts and headliner Sea Wolf, the band took the stage last night at Crescent Ballroom. Enforcing the toothy and animal side of their moniker, they kicked it off with "You're A Wolf" from their first EP and later on their first full length, Leaves in the River, both released in 2007. They also jumped right in with a really exuberant roar from some serious fans, many of whom arrived a couple hours ahead of time to get a good spot in line. Too young to drink and arriving that early? Yeah, that's devotion.
Led by founder and frontman Alex Brown Church, who does most of Sea Wolf's composition work on his own, it's easy to see the effort taken to remove the folk edges more prominent on the band's recordings and beef them up a bit for a more rock oriented live show. The band plays with a pretty intimate knowledge of each other's styles, managing to keep it forceful and solid without losing the pretty side of Sea Wolf - a side which manages to find its way into every track. Beauty seems to be Church's rubber band of restraint. As the songs maintain a consistent dynamic of transitioning from soft to bigger and more full, an explosion doesn't come. Church's orchestration pulls you back into a leveled arena.