photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
Caveman / Frankie Rose
The official BrooklynVegan Northside showcase went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15) with sets from Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Pictures from the showcase are in this post.
Baltimore's Hume kicked things off around 9 PM, sounding much bigger live than they do recorded. From the sounds of the ambient-leaning "Phasing", I was expecting a more subdued set, but instead the band -- with two hard hitting drummers in tow -- were loud and in your face. On top of the double drum attack, they came bearing swirling noise guitars and reverby-yet-clear vocals which helped keep a foot on earth while the rest of the band were floating in space.
Up next were Fort Lean, who contrasted Hume's psychedelic ramblings by keeping things on the relatively more straightforward side of indie pop. They delivered an enjoyable batch of songs led by their singer's strong vocals and flailing bleached hair, and mostly-danceable beats. You can catch Fort Lean again next month on their
tour with Bear Hands.
The mood at MHOW drastically shifted as Frankie Rose took the stage, joined by a 5-piece band, dreamy visuals, and a packed-in crowd. Frankie's set failed to hit a low point as she piled on all of the strongest cuts on Interstellar and included Frankie Rose and the Outs favorite, "Candy," early on as well. She opened the show with Interstellar's opening title track, and though her record is a bit on the small side, when the "oh oh oh"s came in and the drums picked up, Frankie and her band proved that they can turn those songs into pretty anthemic numbers in a live setting. Upbeat singles like "Know Me" and "Night Swim" were obvious standouts (she also covered The Cure's "A Forrest"), but the highlight of the night had to have come with the slow-burning "Pair of Wings," which saw Frankie's voice joined by little more than atmospheric keyboards and sparse drumming.
Caveman closed out the night with a set consisting of material off 2011's Coco Beware and some new ones as well. The band's polyrhythmic pop and reverb-soaked four-part vocal harmonies ended the evening on a high note. The singer rotates between playing guitar and pounding on a floor tom along with the band's drummer, giving the band a solid mix of Grizzly Bear-esque atmosphere and worldbeat indie pop.
More pics from the MHOW show are below.