Following the fire and unaware to Dev his girlfriend’s (Samantha Urbani of the band Friends) mother setup a GoFundMe page to help offset the damages. After finding out about the generous help from his fans Dev announced he would be donating all of the money to charity. Unfortunately, the next day The Guardian posted an awful article titled ‘Dev Hynes’s puppy sob story has left me burnt out‘, which they have since edited following the backlash.
In Dev’s note about the fire he mentioned “maybe it’s time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y’know?” Maybe this was part of the reasoning for his desire to play this show that he said on stage came as a last minute idea when he was in the Apple store the day before. As announced on the bill he would be playing not as Blood Orange, but as his previous moniker Lightspeed Champion, which featured his more stripped down and acoustic driven songs.
Hitting the stage a little after 7pm, Dev opened with his Falling Off The Lavender Bridge track Galaxy Of The Lost. He next played the nine minute track Midnight Surprise, which during about minute 8 a girl passed out in the crowd which caused a group of worried audience members to crowd around her. She soon got up and walked out, but a noticeably concerned Hynes asked the crowd if she was ok.
Although admitting he hadn’t played these songs in a while, Dev played through heartfelt versions of Tell Me What It’s Worth, Dead Head Blues, and Marlene to a very attentive crowd who filled the small room with raucous applause in between songs. The crowd felt like a group of friends as much as fans who were happy to hear these songs played again. Maybe the only exception being a blazer wearing bro behind me who loudly exclaimed “This is not what I was expecting at all!” and yelled out “BLOOD ORANGE!” at one point.
For his final song of the short set he performed a new track from the score he composed for Gia Coppola and James Franco’s forthcoming film Palo Alto. Accompanying him on the song was his girlfriend Samantha Urbani, who greeted him with an embrace that prompted “awws” from the crowd, and seemed to sum up the heaviness of the past few days.
Dev Hynes next performs as Blood Orange to a sold out Webster Hall on 2/6/14.