pictures by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Future of the Left @ Knitting Factory, 11/27/2012
Future of the Left wrapped up their US tour with a triumphant BK set at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/27). Baltimore's Roomrunner, NY's own Chron Turbine, and bicoastal act The Simpsons provided support.
The Simpsons features Bomb the Music Industry! main man Jeff Rosenstock (and an utterly un-Google-able band name). The band has evidently existed for a year, but this show marked their first live appearance. Like most debuts, The Simpsons' set had its share of hiccups -- clumsy songs, off-key vocals, and awkward between-song pauses. Still, a small collection of BTMI! fans responded to The Simpsons with visible enthusiasm.
Chron Turbine's set was considerably tighter and more rehearsed. Their staccato clatter is visibly primitive: their drummer led with his left on a right-handed kit, and guitarist Chris Turco seemed to have only a passing familiarity with the notion of upstrokes. Despite some technical difficulties, Chron Turbine retained a sense of levity. "Hear that?" asked Turco over his amp's drone. "We're a buzz band."
Roomrunner's tagline is "death to false grunge." They're not exaggerating. The band has more similarities to Nirvana than they do differences - -battered Fender Jaguars, quiet/LOUD songs, two and three-chord riffs, horizontal stripes, button-up sweaters, homemade band shirts, and oodles of feedback. (They deviate with their four-person lineup and their fondness for funky time signatures.) The style has aged well, and Roomrunner has the charisma to carry off the pastiche.
Future of the Left has played six shows in the New York area since June of this year. Their set has changed little over this period, aside from the slamming new tune "Future Child Embarrassment Matrix." Still, they remain endlessly entertaining. Frontman Andy Falkous is preternaturally witty between songs, and the performances themselves more than do the records justice. Here's hoping that they play six more NYC gigs next year.
More pictures from FoTL at Knitting Factory are below.
Future of The Left