Entries tagged with: Alcoholic Faith Mission
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
Oh Land @ MHOW
Well it's that time of year again. CMJ. A week jam-packed with music, movies, free beer, sleep deprivation, and hoards of wide-eyed college radio kids.
Cursed with a day job, on Tuesday I only had time on my lunch break to quickly pick up my badge and power walk over to the Living Room to check out one act - the Danish group Alcoholic Faith Mission. Though it was kind of weird to hear the line "Sober up" sung repeatedly to a room of people clutching free beer (at 1:30pm no less), I tried to see past the irony. It was pretty funny, after all. Alcholic Faith Mission's pretty, melancholic music may be better suited for a late-night show, but they made it work and didn't let the odd time slot decrease their fervor. First show of CMJ, a success! Though the dimly lit room was begging me to stay, I had already stretched my 'hour' lunch break past its limit, so regretfully I took my leave. Pictures from the whole show (except 1 band) are HERE.
After work, I headed over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to start my evening with another Danish artist - Oh Land. Wow. To give you an idea of what we're dealing with here, consider this telling snippet from Myspace. Growing up, singer Nanna Øland Fabricius had an "opera singer for a mother, a theater organist for a father and Björk's Homogenic on constant rotation." As you can probably imagine, this combination made for quite an eye and ear-catching show. She even brought props with her, including a large black board (think Lite Bright) with white bulbs that depicted various flowing patterns and a set of white balloons that each depicted fun (and sometimes creepy) projections. The show may have been somewhat gimmicky (she had light-up drum sticks, too), but Fabricius had the chops (and the look) to pull it off, and from what I can tell, her new EP (which just came out yesterday) will be worth a listen. Pictures from their Music Hall set are in this post. We also caught them Monday night at the Conflict of Interest Party. You can catch them next tonight at the Hype Machine party, and Friday night at Public Assembly.
Screaming Females @ Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday (more by Chris La Putt)
Though I was tempted to stick around Music Hall for the Miniature Tigers set, the timing wasn't right, so I headed over to Brooklyn Bowl for one of the larger shows of the week - MOG's free opening night party. Luckily, it was pretty early, so there was still plenty of space in the large venue. When I walked in, Screaming Females was already mid-set. The contrast between Oh Land's Fabricius and Screaming Females' singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster is striking to say the least. Though both women are fierce, they're also practically foils of one another. True to her band's namesake, Paternoster's presentation is aggressive, loud, and commanding, and the girl certainly isn't afraid to shred. Her austere, pilgrim-esque black dress was also quite a change from Fabricius' shimmering tights and sexy top. Catch them tonight/Thursday at MHOW.
Up next was the scuzzy garage rock act DOM. DOM is that kind of flannel-shirt-wearing, hair flying, ripped-jeans-wearing band who could belong to a number of different decades and sub genres, but I suppose their exact classification doesn't really matter. Like their predecessors of the evening, they rocked out pretty hard. They play #OFFLINE today/Thursday, and our day party Friday.
Initially, I thought DOM was kind of a weird opener... that is until Yo La Tengo started to play. They were much louder and dronier than I was expecting - especially the bass, which greatly obscured Ira Kaplan's vocals. But things did eventually lighten up when the group launched into "Mr. Tough," which features bass player James McNew on vocals. Suddenly, the room temporarily morphed into a twee dance party of sorts - quite a change from the mood cast by the previous four songs.
To account for the dramatic change of pace, Kaplan addressed the audience. "Apparently one of the thrills of bowling is hearing the sound of the ball hitting the pins - that solid crunch. So people have asked that we play a little quieter... so we have to bring it way down," he explained.
Though the grounds of the request were pretty ridiculous, it did seem to improve the sound quality. And the sudden noise downgrade certainly didn't stop the band from concluding the first part of their set with a LONG, rocking instrumental interlude that had Kaplan absolutely pouring with sweat. Though encores are somewhat rare during CMJ, I guess it should come as no surprise that in this case, there would be an exception. The band came back on stage for three more songs, finishing with "Yellow Sarong."
When Yo La Tengo had finished playing, I decided to head over to Glasslands to check out Dent May (you know, for a change of pace), but when I arrived and found that they were over an hour behind schedule, I decided to call it a night and set out for the unkind G train. It was just night one, after all. The week was just getting started.
More pictures from the Yo La Tengo show are HERE. More of Oh Land (with an older video) and the line outside Brooklyn Bowl before Yo La Tengo, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Alcoholic Faith Mission
"...focus has always been an issue for Alcoholic Faith Mission, even when it comes to their name. The story goes that an inebriated Jensen and Solund were wandering the streets of their adopted New York home when they happened upon a neon cross emblazoned with 'Apostolic Faith Mission', words they drunkenly misread as Alcoholic Faith Mission and appropriated for their band - even if Dyslexic Faith Mission might have been more accurate. As a backstory it has many of the Bukowskiesque themes of the band's lyrics, but Let This Be The Last Night We Care actually sounds more like they were wandering pissed around Montreal and fell over a copy of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible rather than a neon crucifix. For Alcoholic Faith Mission's third album has much more in common with their Canadian counterparts like Broken Social Scene - and most obviously Arcade Fire - than it does with any band they've share a Brooklyn zip code with. That's not just because they've increased their membership - with fellow Scandinavians Kristine Permild, Laurids Smedegaard and Gustav Rasmussen now joining Jensen and Solund full time - but also because the expansion in personnel has been matched by an encompassing expansion in scope...." [Drowned in Sound]Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission was Amanda's highlight of the day on Tuesday, 10/19, CMJ Day 1. She caught them along with Freedom or Death, Kidstreet, Emmanuel and the Fear, Motel Motel, Young Mammals and Saadi at the Paper Garden Records day party at the Living Room.
Right before NYC, Alcoholic Faith Mission played Iceland Airwaves. Their next show is tonight (10/21) at Millcreek Tavern in Philly, and then back to NYC for one more CMJ show Saturday night (10/23) at Fat Baby.
More pictures from Living Room below...