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Remember Rachel Galloway from this interview? Well, we finally met in person last weekend in Philadelphia for Danielson’s Best of Gloucester County tour! That show was a lot of fun! If you’d like to check out their music, here is the link to purchase their new album. For Sufjan Stevens fans, you might like to know that he played the banjo on this album, as he has on a couple other Danielson records in the past. It was nice to see Danielson’s uniforms on stage, including the new flags, which you’ll see I took a photo of below. They are just full of good cheery energy and intriguing symbolism, and their music is sort of an approachable avant garde folk rock/pop.

At first glance, their stuff might seem kiddy. Their cover art is quirky and so is their music, but they really are very serious and creative musicians. They’ve maintained a strong following and good critical rep in the secular indie rock scene despite their being solid Christians.  One particular song that has a serious message enveloped in a silly and playful song is “Rubbernecker,” from the Tri-Danielson!!! (Alpha) album. It’s a song that criticizes lust and that I was really glad they made. They have a lot of songs encouraging us to avoid lust, including a favorite of my husband’s, “Flesh Thang.” Besides appreciating this aspect of their music, I really can’t get enough of the visual symbols, too.

Aside: As I see it, the whole world is a big round (oblate) symbol resonating with lyrical messages, hoping for humans to understand the point of its existence and ours. Our job then is to interpret this message as best as we can given the clues that were left for us thousands of years ago. There is much scientific truth in the bible—more than you know. I hope I didn’t weird Daniel out too much when I explained what my drawings on my husband’s CD meant! He and Rachel each have a copy of a sample mix of my husband’s newest album, and I drew on one cover a windmill with birds dying, one with the earth emanating Wi-Fi signals to other planets, and an extra (for her bro-in-law from Soul-Junk) with our world side by side with a parallel universe underneath. Actually, I don’t know which one got which, but it doesn’t really matter. I must come off as insane sometimes. I’m glad some people still like me.

PHOTOS

Here is a photo I took of Rachel waving at the camera. I think the girls might’ve taken some photos of the audience too while they were setting up, and I thought that was neat. They are so laid back!

Evan made the best faces.

Eye saw the new flags next to the stage:

Here’s Elin temporarily wearing a Norwegian apron during “Li’l Norge:”

The girls: Megan, Rachel, and Elin; Daniel on the far right

 

Three videos I took of the show (in a playlist):

View the official video for “Grow Up”:


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6 Responses to “Rachel & Rachel: Danielson’s Best of Gloucester County”

  1. Krystal/Village

    You know I loved this! The pictures are so cute – those girls are just so cool :) I’m jealous that you got to see them in concert!! So, do you know whatever happened to Sufjans CD for each state goal?? I’m still waiting for Indiana :( :)

  2. Rachel @ à la Modest

    I think that he may have abandoned the project (or at least for now?). Although it was a fun project, I did read in an interview somewhere of Sufjan’s that he admitted to it being just sort of a gimmick for marketing purposes. I don’t blame him because I think he’s a genuine person, and whatever he may have done for marketing purposes is fine because he doesn’t seem to be overdoing it, really.

    Also, from what I read about, Sufjan claims that he has an illness, which kind of sounds serious. He said that was why he stopped making music for a while.

  3. Mellie

    Thanks for sharing! I saw them play Chicago a few weeks ago on this tour. Elin was the only lady singing, but it was still loads of fun. Glad to see another fan in the blog world ^_^

  4. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Hi Mellie,

    I did hear that not all the girls were present in some of the shows, so I guess DC and Philly really lucked out on that one! We also had the brass band come play with them in Philly, so that was a pleasant surprise.

    It is awesome to hear from another fan! We need to stick together to support them :)

  5. For Those About To Shop

    I love pics like those – glad you shared them!

  6. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    awww so cute. I love how you made a joke of the shots you got taken and such. haha. I’m glad you had such a great time!!!

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