Tuesday, June 13, 2006
rub alcohol blues







Just yesterday I read on the Fiery Furnaces website that since Bitter Tea was so heavy on the keys, the band wasn't going to play any on their current tour. That may sound counter-intuitive, but for the Friedbergers, it's almost exactly what you'd expect. Not only did they forgo keyboards and synths in favour of guitars, but those guitars were all cranked way the hell up.

Amongst the people I was with at the show, there seemed to be some disappointment that the heavier arrangements tended to overshadow some of the wonderful subtleties of the band's music (Matt from Fluxblog thought the same, earlier this year). And, while I can see where those criticisms are coming from, I thought tonight's show was one of the best I've seen all year. On some songs the proto-punk-come-metal vibe took things to new heights, and on some songs the method of plowing right over numbers, in a torrent of distortion and riffage, wasn't as compelling. But, overall, it wasn't really better or worse, it was just different; different and wonderful. "Quay Cur" and "Blueberry Boat," in particular, were menacingly awesome.

As you can see from the setlist up there, they pulled fairly evenly from all their releases (including EP), and even did an all request encore. Clearly I need to work on my yelling, because I'm pretty sure the only person who could hear me calling for "Waiting To Know You" was the guy in front of me (although he did turn around to mention he was hoping they'd play it too).

Anemones opened the show. I thought they were awesome. But, as my friend Neil mentioned, you'd probably have to be in the mood to listen to them. I was rocking Spaceman 3 right before I left for Richard's, if that gives you any indication of what sort of mood would be appropriate. That being said, "Vicious Attack" was... well, just that. While the low-end at Richard's will often make the floor vibrate a little, when the band tore into the afermentioned number it felt like a small earthquake. The song is much more than just volume though, and was definitely their strongest number, and great no matter what your mood (check it out at "CDR Label" 1777rex's MySpace). If the Nasty On has really called it quits for good, consider Anemones my new favourite Jason Grimmer fronted band. Speaking of, just how does the dude find time to sing in so many bands?

now playing: Anemones - Vicious Attack

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the total rock-out version of garfield el was simply "the awesome"

By Blogger Hanson, at 1:23 PM  

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