The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fiery Furnaces: Funktastic?

So, I went out on Friday (with a girl and everything!) to go see the Fiery Furnaces. I had seen them earlier this spring and wanted to see what they were up to. Besides, they were playing at Cafe du Nord and I enjoy any excuse to go there. There was a slight chance some Bull associate would be there but I did not see any representatives (I think they knew they would not be able to go mano a mano with a WRN representative).

I have to give the FF credit. They sounded completely different on Friday from when I saw them less than six months ago. The piano-ish, lighter prog got replaced with some heavier drumming and a serious bass line. The good news: Emily still sounds like emily and wears long shaggy hair with a jean jacket and has a voice that makes you remember why The Pretenders were cool. Matt still manages to flail away on the keyboard and I think of him as some bizarre songwriting monster.

Their new album (they played most of it, they said) seems to use that thematic stealing again. However, I'm not sure that it works as well. Since they did actually stop between songs it makes it almost confusing when a riff from thre songs ago pops back up later. I didn't think the new songs were quite involved enough to benefit from that particular trick. Maybe that will change with some more listens and as the band is more familiar with the songs. Emily had a music stand with the lyric sheets for the 'Rehearsing A Choir' songs. I'm definitely curious to know how the CD sounds.

Alright, so it's not really a great review. It was a decent show but I was a little disappointed with the sound but I kind of think I was a victim of expectations. I will definitely get their CD and see if I still feel the same since now I will expect it to be heavier than Blueberry Boat.


At 10/04/2005 3:41 PM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

Three Bulls! proposes a summit at Cafe du Nord, Oct. 23- Okkervil River. Are WRN thinking about sending a rep?

At 10/05/2005 1:27 PM, Blogger Chuckles said...

As an East Coast WRN member, I challenge any Bull coming to DC to a contest of a nature to be defined by the challenger. As I provide the city, I think it only fair to let my opponent choose the event.
Further on in life, I propose a Dionysian Olympiad in October of 2006, as I will likely be in SF for a conference.

At 10/06/2005 2:11 PM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

Shit, that's a year- I'll need to start training. Apparently Chuckles is not to be Chucked with.

At 10/07/2005 1:31 PM, Blogger fulsome said...

I can't let you in Cafe du Nord unattended. That's my favorite venue here, I think.

I'll go see 'em, assuming it's less than $15.


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