Author: Ben Hildebrant
They Might Be Giants (TMBG for short) is an American alt-rock band formed in 1982 in Brooklyn, NY. On October 23, 2018, TMBG will be performing at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, WI – the sixth show of their 2018 “An Evening with They Might Be Giants” Tour. Comprised of two primary members, John Flansburgh (vocals, guitar) and John Linnell (vocals, keyboards, accordion), the band has continuously written and performed fun and creative songs since their college years. They developed a unique style of music which cannot possibly be limited to one category. They achieved popular success first in 1990 with their major label debut album Flood, which reached certified platinum after selling over a million copies. Now, with the release of I Like Fun, their twentieth studio album, TMBG has experimented with everything from metal, electronic, folk, and even a brief stint writing children’s educational songs.
For the “An Evening with They Might Be Giants” tour, Flansburgh and Linnell are joined by Curt Ramm (of Bruce Springsteen’s touring band) on trumpet and flugelhorn. The show will consist of two sets and no opening acts, so be sure to come on time to get the full experience. Newcomers to the band and seasoned TMBG veterans alike should enjoy the show, as they play a combination of their classics (such as “Birdhouse in Your Soul” or “Istanbul (Not Constantinople,)” both off Flood (1990)) and some newer hits off their recent albums I Like Fun (2018) and Glean (2015). BE WARNED, although the band has several popular records targeted towards younger audiences, this will not be a child-friendly show. The band has framed this tour in a more adult context, so expect a fair amount of swearing.
Although some may find their style of music strange and unique, They Might Be Giants has been entertaining audiences of all kinds for nearly 30 years, so expect a fun and energetic evening with the self-proclaimed “Ambassadors of Love!” They Might Be Giants at the Barrymore Theater on this Tuesday, October 23, will certainly be a show to remember.