Faust played their first of three NYC-area shows at WFMU Monty Hall with Jowe Head and The Celestial Choir (pics, setlist)
photos by Greg Cristman
Krautrock icons Faust are in the NYC-area for three shows as part of their current North American tour. The two original core members core of Faust, Werner “Zappi” Diermaier and Jean-Herve Peron aka The Art-errorist, are joined on this tour by a French guitarist/electronics/percussionist Maxime Manac'h, who is a regular touring partner in Europe. For these area shows, the first of which happend Monday, March 28 at WFMU Monty Hall in New Jersey, they also used two local musicians -- Brooklyn-based electronic musician Pas Musique and a viola player -- as part of the band
As usual, Faust love getting the audience involved and at the Monty Hall show it was a “sing-a-long” (actually kind of a scream, growl and bark along) that was guided by Zappi’s very crude and childlike drawings that ran across the screen occasionally. The Monty Hall crowd really got into it and Jean-Herve and the band all went into the audience while Zappi lead the charge with hand signals and minimal drum accompaniment. When it was over, Faust were giggling like kids, thrilled with the audience’s loud and hysterical responses. The set was only a handful of extended songs and the show finished with a birthday celebration for Maxine. Setlist is below. Faust play their final of three shows tonight (3/20) at Market Hotel in Brooklyn with J.R. Bohannon, and Greg Fox. Sold out.
Opening the Monty Hall show was former Swell Maps and Television Personalities member Jowe Head, here with a band dubbed The Celestial Choir that featured Brian Turner from WFMU on guitar and a local bassist. Like Faust, he is picking up musicians in each local city. This set included two Swell Maps songs. You can catch Jowe again on Friday (4/1) at Cake Shop with Counter Intuits (tickets). More photos of Jowe's set, plus more of Faust (and their setlist), below.
Jowe Head and The Celestial Choir