Posted in music on February 18, 2009

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Fujiya & Miyagi
Fujiya & Miyagi

MIA: Do you enjoy to perform live? How does the band like to get ready and is there a favorite song that you like to play for your audience?

DAVID BEST: I enjoy it once I get there but I don't really enjoy the traveling that much. I try not to think too much before we go onstage as if I do I forget the words. You sort of go on autopilot. I like playing "Pterodactyls" at the moment, especially the noisy bit at the end.

Fujiya & Miyagi and School of Seven Bells are touring and last night (2/17) shared the bill at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge. The packed show began around 11 and was over shortly after 1. More pictures and both setlists below...

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School of Seven Bells played the same venue in January.

More F&M dates HERE.

More SOSB dates HERE.

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Comments (25)

Does the addition of a drummer help with F&M's live show? I saw them a few times when they toured for Transparent Things and they were good, but felt that no live percussion was what kept them from being better live.

Posted by bill p | February 18, 2009 11:25 AM

School of 7 Bells has a nice sound, they are icily stylish, and they have a full set of permutations of what is essentially one mid-tempo song.

But damn y'all if they weren't LIP SYNCHING. The sister on the right, the one who occasionally smiles, may well have been singing. But the lovely, forlorn one on the left was pulling a MILLI VANNILI. She'd close her mouth and the singing miraculously continued. Wow!

This is indie-rock people, in a small club. It's not the Super Bowl, where we've been bludgeoned into accepting that lip synching's okay because the alternative would sound so shitty.

And the guitarist played rhythm tracks seemingly live while the occasional burst of lead was piped in over the PA!

Seriously, what's the point? I felt like I was watching album art onstage. Exceedingly pretty album art (even the dude with his fuckin bangs!), but an inanimate object nonetheless.

Posted by j | February 18, 2009 11:27 AM

The drummer was awesome. The room was vibrating with the deep bass lines and snapping drumbeats. F&M was great.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 11:27 AM

them ladies know how to harmonize. decent show.

Posted by Big Perm | February 18, 2009 11:40 AM

"Does the addition of a drummer help with F&M's live show?"

yes it does, but these guys have jumped the shark big time. I have seen them every time they have come to New York. They have become boring and predictable. Adding a drummer is the only thing progressive they have done.

Posted by A*ROX | February 18, 2009 12:52 PM

"She'd close her mouth and the singing miraculously continued. Wow!"

That's because the other one continued to sing. Duh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 1:16 PM

most of the interesting percussion wasn't coming from the drummer. and they were boring as shit. left the show early. i'd rather have lip-synching quality music than a boring and repetitive show.


where i think grizzly bear is: "never buy the album, always see them live" f+m are "never see them live, but buy the album"

~the dice were cool though

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 1:21 PM

11:27 is a total retard. As someone who's seen the band three times, they do not lip-synch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 1:38 PM

"She'd close her mouth and the singing miraculously continued. Wow!"

Her twin sister has an almost exactly identical voice. Did you miss a memo?

Posted by Aaron | February 18, 2009 1:49 PM

wasnt really feeling f+m either... i mean they werent bad but kinda most songs sounded similar... very similar sound for most songs...

dice were cool but ... they kinda killed it i think... its nice to see once in a while... but the whole showe? loses its effect...

really enjoyed school of seven bells.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 1:57 PM

Is that Stephen King in the audience shot?

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 2:06 PM

Does not trimming your guitar strings like make the sound sound better?

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 2:55 PM

1:21 - thanks for leaving early. A lot of people did and there was a lot more room to enjoy the show.

Most of the interesting percussion didn't come from the drummer?? You'd rather have lip-synching? You left a one hour set early? What the hell are you talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 3:01 PM

Here's what I'm sayin: the frowning sister mostly sings the high parts. She'd shut her mouth and the high harmonies would mysteriously continue. Happened about 30 times.

School of 3 Ashlee Simpsons! Bring it haters!

Posted by J | February 18, 2009 3:10 PM

how can you say f&M are boring when in comparison to
S7B their set was full of variation, volume-wise, beat-wise and lyric-wise

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 3:12 PM

3:01 if you watched the drummer, he wasn't playing during the best stuff. that was coming from the DJ.

the drummer was solid enough, just not interesting. just an average rock drummer (unless he was unleashed at the end).

if it was a one hour set, i guess i didn't leave that early, but i gave them a fair shot to prove themselves. probably gave them an extra 10 minutes because of the pac-man dice.

all things being equal, yes, i would prefer it to be totally live and not lip-sync (which i'm not even sure happened anyway), but i'm there to enjoy music first. school of 7 bells > F+M in that regard.

love,
1:21

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 3:17 PM

^^^^
sorry, to clarify, he wasn't playing the best beats. the drummer was playing, but pretty standard rock drums.
uno:dos-uno

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 3:21 PM

1:21/3:21 -

There was no DJ. There was a guy on synth/keys, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. There was also a white dude with a big afro in the back corner controlling the visuals/lights. So, I don't know what you're talking about.

I think you were the only person who thought that SSB was better than F&M. You're entitled to your opinion but it's telling of your taste. F&M's show was on a totally different level, a much better show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 3:59 PM

"I think you were the only person who thought that SSB was better than F&M."

You think wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 4:10 PM

3:59-
maybe i was wrong about the drummer, but i saw no motion from him when some of the decent beats were playing, and then it seemed like he was playing over them. but hey, maybe i'm wrong. if so, sorry.

but i will say that the crowd clearing out to 2/3 (at best) of the volume post-SSB would argue against my lone stand.

i have no allegiance to either band. i like both of them. i'm just calling this show as i see it. and, yes, i can only speak for myself, and my taste. but lots of people voted with their feet as well.

kisses,
1:21

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 4:22 PM

"the frowning sister mostly sings the high parts..."

is claudia the frowning sister? the one at the keyboards that has part, not bangs?

and y'know, i do get what yr saying because they do use a lot of backing tracks on stage. i think they've gotten really wrapped up in what their studio sound is, and have made it difficult to replicate on stage without the use of backing tracks.

anyways, i've been to a LOT of their shows, and i've never noticed either of the sisters lip-syncing. usually i'm watching what ben is playing, because he's the one with the laptop, setting up all the backing tracks. next time i see them i will try to concentrate on what the girls are singing and see what happens.

Posted by Aaron | February 18, 2009 4:52 PM

Ha, yes, Claudia is the frowning sister--noticed that (frowning, not lip-syncing) tonight in Philadelphia. Was wondering what we did to piss her off. Now I know to blame NYC.

Posted by Michelle | February 19, 2009 12:50 AM

It was my impression that Claudia, the one at the keys with parted hair who apparently frowns, sang the lower parts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 1:57 AM

thanks so much for the mention, bv! <3 nice pictures from the show, too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 9:11 PM

thanks so much for the mention, bv! <3 nice pictures from the show, too.

Posted by musicisart | February 25, 2009 9:12 PM

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