You may have noticed the lack of posts over the past week and for that I apologize. I was making a second week-long jaunt to Ohio where the brilliant and beautiful Kenzie Kleinman had set us up with two tickets for a Neon Indian live show in Columbus. We made the trip out last Thursday to a new venue to the both of us called Outland on Liberty and had a great time despite a few minor show hiccups. The crowd was a solid energy filled young group that filled the venue nicely without being too terribly crowded and the club managed to cool off as the evening went on.
The first act we saw was actually an act from a recent post and I looked forward to having a chance to see Monster Rally at work. It is the sampler based loop filled beat carnival project of Ohio native Ted Feighan and he was able to recreate his sound well in a live setting. You probably saw my recent post for his Deep Sea 7″ which he was offering at the show and can be ordered through Gold Robot Records on pink vinyl and digitally through his Bandcamp . In addition to those tracks he played a handful of brand new songs and also picked up a guitar for a bit of the show. Shamefully he was forced to play in the club lounge area which was disappointing as it kept him from a much louder sound system but the music was great and much of the crowd was willing to wait to move into the back of the club and have a listen. He also provided a well-rounded mixture of visuals on a projected screen behind him during the music that fit in seamlessly with his laid back summer surf sounds.
The next act on the bill was New York’s Asobi Seksu who despite some minor sound and heat problems scraped together a very solid set. This band honestly hasn’t translated the power of their live act to me in their recordings and I found their show to be an energy filled blast with each band member contributing their own brand of stand out performance. Their singer and front woman Yuki Chikudate was powerful and charming when commenting on the problems that happened with both the microphones and her keyboard and pushed on with a vocal performance that seemed to be her giving her all to her fans. The guitar work provided by James Hanna really explodes live reminding me of fellow feedback enthusiasts Sonic Youth at times and they have a furious and pounding rhythm section with high energy drums and bass lines playing off of each other.
After the show the band members were kind and hard-working enough to sell and autograph copies of their albums and 7″ vinyl. Their fourth and latest release is titled Fluorescence and can be purchased now through Polyvinyl Record Co. on a number of friendly formats. You can also catch them live soon on the 19 at Brooklyn’s Grasslands Gallery with Air Waves, Blair, Cookies, and Doris Cellar and at the Midpoint Music Festival Summer Series in Cincinnati on the 24th.
I’ve wanted to see the latest incarnation of Alan Palomo for quite some time and this small setting proved to be the perfect place to do so. Being from Texas I have followed both his previous acts Ghosthustler and his upbeat house sounds as Vega and was excited to finally see him and his band Neon Indian do their thing. Do their thing they did touching on all of the high notes from their release Psychic Chasms and the band sounded great throughout their performance. They seem warm and kindhearted as they banter with the audience in between their sonic assaults and had the crowd going wild as they drove through the album favorites. Alan has a fun yet commanding presence over his electronics and theremin and each of the members are able to recreate their recorded sound dead on in a live setting.
Unfortunately they didn’t play Sleep Paralysist but we were treated to a new slightly more guitar driven new song that already has me awaiting their new material. Overall the show was entertaining and fast paced and they did return to the stage for one last encore before we headed out into the Columbus night. You can pick up their last release from the Lefse Records label Psychic Chasms here through Amazon and see them live soon in New York, Ottawa and Sacramento as their tour continues. Don’t miss out on your chance to see them as these three guys and a gal aim to please and put on a stunning energetic show when playing live.
All photos courtesy of Kenzie Kleinman
Other Monster Rally info found here
Other Asobi Seksu info found here
Other Neon Indian info found here