Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 5, 2010

by Benjamin Lozovsky

Yeasayer

Yeasayer made a much deserved homecoming Tuesday night at Webster Hall in NYC. Chris Keating pronounced during the show, "There isn't any place in the world we'd rather play." Three months after cautiously debuting material off their latest album Odd Blood, they returned savvier and sassier; even with so many miles behind them, they performed leagues ahead of their February dates.

The band was brimming was confidence throughout the night, with tapered bravado and an improved, fluid grasp of the instrumentation. From the creeping, sinister Children to the redemptive bounce of closer Ambling Alp, Yeasayer championed the nuanced nature of their music as they steadily raised their intensity throughout their performance.

It was a distinct atmospheric shift after the grinding barrage of the opening acts. Sleigh Bells continued their rise and transformation from austere noisy beginnings to full on performance act; part MIA (whose label recently co-signed the act) part Crystal Castles, the duo never let up their potency, even as their newer numbers bled into one another with a hint of monochromatism.

The most intriguing surprise of the night was Seagull's opening performance. Positioned in the middle of the floor, with Webster Hall's gigantic disco ball lowered and looming just overhead, they smothered the venue with sound tantrums and momentary semblances of glitchy beats. Ranging somewhere between sound exploration and outright music, the inexplicably soothing abrasiveness of their performance was topped off by a ground slamming. ski-masked member sitting agitated in a chair.

Sleigh Bells play two more NYC shows this month before heading to Europe. Yeasayer's tour ends tonight in Philly, but after a short break they head to Europe too. All of those dates and more pictures from Webster Hall below...

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Yeasayer - 2010 Tour Dates
May 26 - Koko London, UK
May 28 - Primavera Barcelona, ES
May 29 - Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival Dudingen, CH
May 30 - PinkPop Festival Landgraaf, Holland, NL
Jun 11 - Larimer Lounge (DJ Set) New York, New York , US
Jul 1 - Heineken Open Air Festival Gdynia, PL
Jul 3 - Rock Werchter Pyramid Marquee Werchter, BE
Jul 4 - Main Square Festival (Main Stage) Arras, FR
Jul 5 - Junction Cambridge, UK
Jul 6 - Plug Sheffield, UK
Jul 8 - Exit Festival Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress, RS
Jul 12 - Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
Jul 14 - Voxhall Aahus, DK
Jul 15 - Arvikafestivalen (Apollo Stage) Arvika, SE
Jul 16 - Melt Festival Ferropolis, DE
Jul 17 - Lovebox Victoria Park (Gaymers Stage) London, GB
Jul 18 - Latitude Festival Suffolk, GB
Jul 30 - Splendour in the Grass Brisbane, AU
Aug 1 - FujiRock Festival Niigata, JP
Aug 14 - Haldern Festival Haldern, DE
Aug 15 - SZIGET FESTIVAL Budapest, HU
Aug 16 - Lucerna Music Bar Prague, CZ
Aug 20 - Frequency Festival St. Polten Green Park, AT
Aug 21 - Pukkelpop Hasselt-Kiewit, BE
Aug 27 - Reading Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage) Reading, GB
Aug 29 - Leeds Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage) Leeds, GB

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Comments (17)

in before mehsayer and meh bells

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2010 11:13 PM

Who cares about Yeasayer. WAVVES is back this August with a new record. It was recorded in a professional studio, has no crappy scuzz sound, and features Rosie O'Donnell on drums.

Fuck yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2010 11:44 PM

can you please post a link to seagull's site or myspace?
cant find it anywhere

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:12 AM

That Yeasayer show was SHAMANTASTIC!

You really make me feel like I missed something by not catching the openers. I will remedy that asap!

Posted by Bell | May 6, 2010 12:13 AM

kinda bummed i missed this..hope they'll do a free waterfront show this summer or something.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:16 AM

Who cares about Yeasayer. WAVVES is back this August with a new record. It was recorded in a professional studio, has no crappy scuzz sound, and features Rosie O'Donnell on drums.

Fuck yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:20 AM

"can you please post a link to seagull's site or myspace?"

Same! I actually attempted to link in this post before I posted it, but gave up after spending some time looking.

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 6, 2010 12:22 AM

Hmmmm is performance art the new way of saying the band is one dimensional, she can't sing, they disguise the fact that there's nothing to the songs so they shroud em in noise?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 2:55 AM

2:55am - to answer your question - yes, i think so.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 9:43 AM

ben, these pictures are really fucking good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 10:54 AM

WHY DIDN'T SLEIGH BELLS PLAY SLICEPAPERWRISTS!?!

Posted by SARDONIC EX-HXC KID LIVING IN BROOKLYN TO FIT IN | May 6, 2010 10:59 AM

www.myspace.com/sseagull

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:50 AM

Does anyone have a setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:56 AM

SLEIGH BELLS = The gratest band in the world....greatest guitarist ever.....chick has a sick voice.....the songs are so different from each other

The band = one big joke
I cant belive they are signed
Sooooo boring

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:30 PM

Yeasayer is like a big sandwich. I big fag and easzy-cheez sandwich. This Sleigh Bells sounds as if they cover up what little they are with nothing but shear volume - both recorded and live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 1:29 PM

Sleigh Bells better get every penny RIGHT NOW they can because in one year no one is going to give a shit about them. Crystal Castles get a lot of trash talked about them (and for good reason) but when push comes to shove they put out good, interesting albums. Sleigh Bells won't.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 6:05 PM

"WHY DIDN'T SLEIGH BELLS PLAY SLICEPAPERWRISTS!?!"

hahaha! for real.
go back to florida, fucker!
i bet theres some trash there missing you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 4:17 AM

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