Posted in music | pictures on October 27, 2009

photos by Vincent Cornelli

School of Seven Bells
School of Seven Bells

Friday night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg had its share of problems. First it was moved from Webster Hall to Music Hall of Williamsburg (presumably for less-than-expected ticket sales). Then one of its openers, First Aid Kit, couldn't get into the country. They were replaced by the Depreciation Guild. Then the other opener, Warpaint, mysteriously disappeared off the bill and was replaced by Phantogram. Finally, to add insult to injury, School of Seven Bells were supposed to be the headliner, but not surprisingly, some of the crowd cleared out after the much hyped xx played third of fourth on the bill at the sold out show.

"Their stage setup was really xxxxxxxxxx-core, with two large X podiums from the left to the right with the band members dressed up in dark colours. The band's stage presence was very striking; this only complemented their minimalist dream pop sequence.

The XX do not have the energetic stage presence that most bands at CMJ have. They just hammered out each song without any variation. It was as if their hearts did not skip a beat.

If the XX come to your town, expect a good show but not one that's too jumpy. You can shout out the lyrics from the audience but the XX will remain stoic, just to deliver and concentrate on putting on a live show." [B Sides]

More pictures from the show below....

Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram


The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx


School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

From here, Vincent ran to Brooklyn Bowl to catch Chromeo.

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Comments (22)

What do you mean? I shot up some freon before the show and thought the xx were great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:17 PM

Is the singer in Depreciation Guild the drummer for Pains of Being Pure At Heart? looks like the same guy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:28 PM

yes

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:37 PM

To be fair, School of Seven Bells has played New York at least six times this year, but bummed that they moved this to MHOW, and then it sold out. Ticket sales can't have been that slow. And then there was a line at the Fixed party at Tribeca Grand afterwards. Sigh.

So the xx's Nov. 11 Bowery Ballroom (originally Mercury Lounge) show is already sold out. Do they sell out Webster on Dec. 5th, or does the backlash hit by then? :(

Posted by Roland | October 27, 2009 12:59 PM

I don't always drink beer but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Posted by The Most Interesting Man in the World | October 27, 2009 1:14 PM

Whoah...nice photos Vincent!

Posted by blackhat | October 27, 2009 1:26 PM

X podiums? I called them x boxes

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:28 PM

media guys. media.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:30 PM

SO7B > The xx

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:40 PM

Secret Machines circa 2006 > SO7B > XX

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:51 PM

are the xx as boring as they look?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:57 PM

yes, they are. And they reek of UK music press-ness.

Posted by hollo | October 27, 2009 2:29 PM

both the xx and school of seven bells sounded fantastic. and it was a great contrast-

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 2:51 PM

The mehXmehX

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:38 PM

not surprised school of seven bells cleared the venue ... this band is a total hoax, whose notoriety was totally made up from scratch by BV, the Deli magazine, etc ... like they did with so many other bands from NYC

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:41 PM

3OH!3 > The XX

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:43 PM

school of seven bells are awesome live.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 4:42 PM

S7Bs are so last spring

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 7:10 PM

anon1:51 - I concur

Posted by The Kingsway Plaza Mall | October 27, 2009 8:45 PM

Love School of Seven Bells. They get it. That drummer guy from pains of being pure always looks like such a snob. Those guys must have the creation records stylist or something, take a look at the outfits and haircuts. Is the bass player in XX the singer in Golden Silvers? What's up with all these UK bands wearing gold chains and sporting Vanilla Ice haircuts? Some weird shit.

Posted by Mia | October 28, 2009 12:06 PM

#awesome pics.

Posted by Julian Mackler | November 5, 2009 11:54 AM

Love School of Seven Bells. They get it. That drummer guy from pains of being pure always looks like such a snob. Those guys must have the creation records stylist or something, take a look at the outfits and haircuts. Is the bass player in XX the singer in Golden Silvers? What's up with all these UK bands wearing gold chains and sporting Vanilla Ice haircuts? Some weird shit.

Posted by دردشة مكتوب | September 21, 2010 2:03 PM

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