School of Seven Bells & The xx @ South Street Seaport – pics
photos by Chris La Putt
“The xx, a four-piece from the United Kingdom, were a competent enough opening band, with interesting song structures and crystal-clear guitar lines. However, we haven’t seen a more morose crew of characters in a while, and the fact that all four of them stood rooted to their positions on stage throughout the performance made them a less than inspiring live act. Still, their wistful vocals and rhythmic drum machine beats were enough to keep most the crowd entertained and happily spaced out.
School of Seven Bells, appropriately, were the highlight of the night. Only consisting of three members — twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and The Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis — the ethereal, full-bodied sound they established on their debut LP Alpininisms shone through uncommonly well. Live, their sound is similar to that of dream-pop godfathers Blonde Redhead — unsurprising considering they’ve toured together — but School of Seven Bells manages to get a lot more done in their live show.” [20 Watts]
School of Seven Bells