Friday, June 09, 2006

Tapes 'N Tapes, Figurines, and Cold War Kids at Fletcher's

Went back to Fletcher's last night to see the Tapes 'N Tapes show. This time a good turnout, but I still don't like the interstitial music. Seemed to me like the sound guy played Weezer and the Pixies' greatest hits cause this was an "alternative" crowd.
First up was Cold War Kids. They were really great- a helluva lot of energy and yelling reminded me of early Modest Mouse. Their drummer and bassist were tight- using a lot of staccato playing to dramatic effect, and all the guys on stage were all over the place- dancing the mashed potato and swinging around.
Second band, The Figurines were not as good. I had previewed their new album at the record store and was unimpressed, and live, this was obvious. They seemed to lack any charisma, and the music was very derivative of garage rockers from Scandinavia like The Hives, Datsuns, etc. The crowd was still hopping after the openers, but seemed to die down in the set - the people into the band seemed to be 3 dorky guys and the bands' girlfriends.
Tapes 'N Tapes were really great, too. They've been getting a lot of internet buzz recently, and I think it's just deserved. These guys play good songs that rock. I especially liked watching the drummer who looked like a little kid with big glasses.

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