Posted in music | pictures on October 31, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Fanfarlo @ Glasslands
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When I saw that Fanfarlo was playing at Glasslands, I confess I was a bit surprised. When I saw them play in 2009, I almost couldn't handle the cute overload (and I'm typically a fan of all things twee). But last night, the string lights and brightly colored flags that once decorated their stage were noticeably absent.

Early in the evening, it quickly became apparent that the cool, more electronic-based tone adopted in the first song from their upcoming album, "Replicate," is not an exception but a rule. In addition to showcasing a number of new songs, Fanfarlo reinterpreted much of their older discography, trading many of the lighter, folksier elements (acoustic guitar, tambourine, standard keyboard) for a moodier, more electronic sound where synths played a larger role and even a drum machine occasionally found its way into the mix (in addition to the traditional kit). Even the band's wardrobe seemed to be shifting. Instead of boyish cuts in muted colors, Cathy Lucas, the band's sole female member, wore a chic all-black outfit.

Whether the band is undergoing a temporary identity crisis or merely a healthy progression of their sound remains to be seen, but it seems that their heart is still in it. (On their official site, the band excitedly likens their new album to "a nuclear submarine falling from space.") Even as they move away from their organic roots, Simon Balthazar still has that infectious swagger to his vocals, and the sold-out crowd found plenty of opportunities to clap and bop along to the old and new material alike.

Didn't get a chance to see them at either of their shows this week? Balthazar promised to be back with a "proper tour" next year, presumably to coincide with the release of their next album, Rooms Filled With Light, which drops at the end of February.

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Like they did a few days earlier at Mercury Lounge, Fanfarlo's touring partner Double Ghost opened the Glasslands. Tonight the bands will be able to participate in ghoulish activities around the city in celebration of Halloween (they have the night off) before heading to Philadelphia for the final night of Fanfarlo's US tour.

More pictures from Glasslands, some video (including a performance of new song "Tunguska" from Mercury Lounge), and all tour dates are below.

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Fanfarlo @ Mercury Lounge

Fanfarlo "Tunguska" @ Mercury Lounge NYC

FANFARLO - 2011 TOUR DATES
NOVEMBER 1 Johnny Brendas PHILADELPHIA, PA
NOVEMBER 5 Kutxa Kultur Festibala SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 13 Auditorium TENERIFE, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 15 Heineken Music Selector MADRID, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 16 Bikini BARCELONA, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 18 Heineken Music Selector - CĂ­rculo de Arte TOLEDO, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 19 Heineken Music Selector - Sala Imagina CADIZ, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 21 Cargo LONDON

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Comments (8)

from my vantage point it took the audience a while to start 'boppin' (except for the two dudes up against the stage), but by concert end the one's who had not left were digging it. Although the peppy songs faded quickly, there were a couple of diamonds buried in that set. Can't wait until those tunes get polished.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 1:20 PM

.. I wish Glasslands would retire that stage setup. Venue needs to be cleaned up a bit. And if I see another slide on his/ her ass down those stairs.. geez

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 2:11 PM

fanfarlo is still not good at music

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 2:20 PM

I love this band. They were so good last night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 2:23 PM

Amazing show!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 2:24 PM

So was Double Ghost any good?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2011 5:25 PM

(from the Glasslands concert) I really wanted to like double ghost, but they 'experimental' sounds are really so old. They went on forever, and everybody was getting annoyed in the crowd.

Fanfarlo finally got on stage at 11.15 (the concert - not doors opening - was supposed to start at 8.30 pm) so by midnight there were so many people walking out.. such a shame..

Posted by Matt | October 31, 2011 5:28 PM

double ghost rules

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 7:22 PM

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