photos by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool, 9/22/2012
Cate Le Bon's second of two NYC shows this past weekend was at Union Pool on Saturday (9/22) and was a woolier affair than her show at Mercury Lounge the night before. The crowd was more into it, and Cate and her band, who played against a projected VHS test pattern backdrop, were clearly having more fun too -- bassist "Sweet Baboo" played the entire show shirtless and jumped into the crowd for the final song, the two-part "Ploughing Out."
A friend who came with me to the show told me afterwards, "I liked her but I couldn't quite get where she was coming from." To which I replied, "Wales," which was kind of a joke but not really. They just do things differntly over there and Cate Le Bon definitely comes from the charming, oddball lineage of Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. (Her "Thankyouverymuch" sounds just like Gruff Rhys'.) It's a style that cannot easily be pigeonholed but is no doubt all hers.
I had come straight from seeing Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees at The Well, so I missed opener Natureboy but there are pictures from her set below, along with more from Cate Le Bon's set.
Cate Le Bon