Foals, Freelance Whales, The Naked and Famous [4/27/11]
Let me begin by expressing a general disdain for the ownership of Outland. They routinely fail to achieve what even the most dysfunctional middle school drama clubs have accomplished–presenting a live performance. They’re so bad that a majority of the crowd missed the first opener, The Naked and Famous, because of Outland’s inability to simply let people in the door. Outland’s problems have been well documented (see the St. Vincent debacle), and it’s disheartening to see that they have yet to be resolved. Hopefully they will outsource admission and crowd control to the St. Mary of Assumption boys choir before Aesop Rock on 5/17.
Thankfully, Freelance Whales and Foals were able to overcome the incompetence. Every member of Freelance Whales played no less than five instruments, with female-Whale Doris Cellar even employing a squeeze box at one point. Sadly, Broken Horse wasn’t part of the set, so I’m including it here.
Freelance Whales – Broken Horse
Foals was equally as impressive, especially their extended jam on “Miami” featuring what sounded like a Stevie-Wonder-style clavinet.
Foals – Miami
For good measure, here is The Naked and Famous’ “Young Blood” which sounds a lot like the nexus of pre-douche MGMT and Passion Pit.
Next up, Brand New!