No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid & Foxes In Fiction played the BV/Collect CMJ showcase @ Baby’s All Right (pics); No Devotion have 2 more NYC-area shows
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BV collective
No Devotion / Wax Idols / Creepoid / Foxes In Fiction
The BrooklynVegan + Collect Records official CMJ showcase went down last night (1014) at Baby's All Right with label head Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion, Hether Fortune's band Wax Idols, Philly shoegazers Creepoid, and Orchid Tapes artist Foxes In Fiction.
Foxes In Fiction kicked things off as a duo with Emily Reo (sometimes it's just main member Warren Hildebrand), and they sounded really nice. They had a sorta Beach House-y dream pop thing going on, making use out of keyboards, drum machines, heavily effected guitars and more. They play again at the Orchid Tapes show with Owen Pallett on Sunday (Owen was at Baby's Wednesday too, but didn't play).
Then it was Creepoid who are good everytime we see them, but this may have been one of the best. They're no slackers as performers or musicians in any way, but it really is the fog and light shows accompanying their sets that brings them to the next level. And those two things were very on point Wednesday night. They were loud, and they really know how to build up quite the wall of sound.
This was Wax Idols' first NYC show in two years as well as the first supporting new album American Tragic. Like the album, which is not shy about its late-'80s Big Goth sound, Hether Fortune is more of a commanding presence than ever before, putting down the guitar for most of the set to be in pure frontperson mode. With the light show and fog machines set to maximum, Wax Idols were not holding back.
Finally to wrap things up, No Devotion played (only their second NYC show ever). If you're gonna compare them to Thursday, while Geoff gets his hardcore side out in United Nations these days, he uses No Devotion to further explore the epic atmospheric sides of A City by the Light Divided and No Devolución. Their sound is definitely ready-made for huge venues, but we're not gonna complain that we get to see them up close and personal. Everyone on that stage was obviously a pro and they acted like it the whole time (well, unless you count the antics of bassist Stu Richardson, whose level of wastedness was outed by Hether Fortune yelling from the crowd).
As you may know, Collect Records went through a lot of trouble leading up to this show, and we were happy that the show was just able to go on (even without Nothing whose cancellation may actually have had nothing to do with the controversy). Geoff mentioned from the stage that he's not sure if the label will be able to continue, but he thanked all the people who made it an amazing experience while it lasted, and he sounded grateful just to be able to put on a label showcase for a sold-out crowd. We'd like to thank Geoff, Norman, Shaun and all the bands from Collect, Vinyl Me, Please who were giving our free records at the show, and everyone who came out too.
BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's for Friday and Saturday shows too. Pictures from the BV/Collect showcase continue below...
Foxes in Fiction