Posted in music | pictures on November 2, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum @ Market Hotel...
Mount Eerie

The haunting, cryptic grind of Malkuth and the high-intensity shriek of Liturgy (in full corpsepaint) were quite the introduction for Mount Eerie's headlining set at Market Hotel on Halloween. The latest opus from Mt. Eerie (aka Phil Elverum), Wind's Poem, is a metal-inspired noise odyssey that manages to expertly pair brutal passages of distortion with ethereal lyrics and tender interludes usually found in his acoustic work. The somewhat rare occurrence of Phil's full-band tour, armed with the abrasive new album, was the obvious impetus for the creative holiday-night booking. Mount Eerie's live set, with Elverum backed by No Kids' Nick and Julia on synths and two drummers (one of which manned a massive gong), did not disappoint with its dynamic range - guitars blasted and died alongside Phil's whispered words.

No Kids, the quiet, restrained indie pop trio responsible for 2008's excellent Come Into My House, must have felt a bit out of place in the opening Halloween-night spot, but it was a different scene the following night at (Le) Poisson Rouge (I showed up too late to see them on Halloween so I stopped by the next night at LPR). At that show, the band followed classical pianist Dina Pruzhansky, whose opening set included selections from Debussy and Schumann. Welcoming the diversity, singer and songwriter Nick Krgovich played all his synth parts on the club's grand piano. Phil Elverum has been playing drums with the group all tour (drummer Justin Kellam has been living in Berlin) . His casual, sound-sensitive approach to the kit is rooted in his production style - subtle and unafraid of the occasional slip.

No Kids played a set of all new songs written for a forthcoming LP expected in fall 2010 (no word if they played the supremely excellent "For Halloween" on the night itself). The tunes dealt in Tin Pan Alley melodies (aided by the piano for synth substitution) and lyrics that painted a Hopperesque picture of isolation (and focused on Hollywood in specific terms). The crowd sat, still in a haze from Halloween, and soaked in the restrained songs.

I didn't see Tara Jane O'Neil's set either night. I don't believe she played at Market Hotel, but she was definitely set up to go at LPR. The Mount Eerie/No Kids/TJO tour continues through November 8th. Dates and more pictures from both shows are below...

No Kids @ LPR on Nov. 1st....

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Malkuth (& the rest of the following pictures) @ Market Hotel on Oct. 31st...

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Liturgy...

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Mount Eerie...

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Mount Eerie - 2009 Tour Dates
Nov. 2nd- Harrisburg, PA- Midtown Scholar Bookstore #
Nov. 3rd- Pittsburgh, PA- Garfield Art Works #
Nov. 4th- Cincinnati, OH- Art Damage Lodge #
Nov. 5th- Louisville, KY- Skull Alley #
Nov. 6th- Bloomington, IN- Banneker Community Center *
Nov. 7th- Madison, WI- High Noon Saloon #
Nov. 8th- Chicago, IL- Lakeshore Theater #
Nov. 9th- Iowa City, IA- Public Space One %
Nov. 10th- Minneapolis, MN- Bedlam Theater $
Nov. 11th- Rapid City, SD- Sports Rock Pizza !
Nov. 13th- Pullman, Wash- The Bell Tower
# w/ Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids
* w/ Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids and Prayer Breakfast
% w/ No Kids
$ w/ No Kids and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
! w/ No Kids and Motorbikes and St. Merman

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Comments (18)

mt eerie.


finally.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2009 6:09 PM

damn good photography!

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2009 6:57 PM

I'm sorry, No Kids and Tara Jane O'neil were probably 2 of the worst bands I have ever seen. The worst music and worst delivery of music I have seen in a long time. Tempos were all over the place, all the vocals so out of tune I was wondering to myself if they are tone def. Mount Eerie, have all the members of both those bands in it, and together and playing under Mount Eerie they were great. No kids and Tara didnt touch the microphones thank god. Mount Eerie is a great band with a very unique sound and alot of potential.
critic101

Posted by Critic101 | November 2, 2009 8:09 PM

well 8:09. you really dug yourself a whole with your shittalk here because....

TARA JANE O'NEAL DIDN'T EVEN PLAY THE SHOW!

How could she be out of tune and have her tempos all over the place if she's resting n Portland following an illness?

you sir, are completely full of shit!

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2009 8:17 PM

I dunno about Market Hotel, but she definitely played at LPR.../Although 8:09 they did touch microphones, the singer for No Kids was doing the backing vocals for Phil during the entire mount eerie set.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2009 8:36 PM

This show was fucking interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2009 9:20 PM

Tara def played the show at LPR. I was there. I talked to her.

Singer for no kids did sing with mount eerie. Tara did not.

Show was fucking interesting.

Venue is sweet. If mount e surrounded themselves with some other band I feel it would benefit them a lot.

Posted by Critic101 | November 2, 2009 10:19 PM

david byrne was at the lpr show for a while but left before no kids

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2009 10:08 AM

f u critic101 this was something special despite illnesses and you don't get it

Posted by critic101BS | November 3, 2009 10:15 AM

No Kids and TJ O'neil gave two of the most precious, affected performances I've ever seen, so it was nice to see them redeem themselves by fading into the background of Mt Eerie.

The lo-fi, DIY ethos suggests that anyone can write and play music. Phil is proof that talent and craft still play a part in good music. With all the people onstage for Mt Eerie, their set was much more intimate than TJ's set with just the other guitar player.

Posted by Anonymal | November 3, 2009 11:27 AM

@ 8:09PM:

Mt. Eerie has " alot of potential " ??

Where the hell have you been since the turn of the century? Phil has well surpassed potential at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2009 11:44 AM

@ 8:09PM:

Mt. Eerie has " alot of potential " ??

Where the hell have you been since the turn of the century? Phil has well surpassed potential at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2009 11:44 AM

I agree with critic 101. this band has a lot of potential and might one day really make it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2009 12:22 PM

This band is going places. I want to be along for the ride. I would like to grab some coat-tails pls.

Posted by TWIGS | November 3, 2009 12:24 PM

mt. eerie

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2009 3:38 PM

good shows.
the pics on IMPOSE for market hotel are nicer to my eyeballs...

Posted by tina | November 3, 2009 4:17 PM

these pics arent very good

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2009 12:02 AM

the metal bands playing were awful... mount eerie shouldve just played by themselves

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2009 12:51 AM

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