WOW. Amazing Show. Top 5 concert I'll see in 2008, I'm sure of it. I mean, how can it not be??? there were Raticorns on stilts!!! Oh yeah...and an amazing band making their mark in a tough music scene by bringing down the house with a truly inspired performance.
New York City's most interesting band just might be Apes & Androids. Part old school (insert easy Bowie reference here), part future school (music that sounds familiar but that also could be from 2031), all fantastic. Live show: check. Amazing album (Blood Moon): check. Hot dancers with choreographed moves: check. Strangeness that draws you in: check. This band is like everything I've heard before but also nothing like anything I've ever heard...make sense? Good. About Blood Moon, AmritStereogum dropped some good comparisons here:
The sectional play-by-play runs further than just Freddie Mercury and Ziggy Stardust
and horror-flick rock operetta vibes ("Sweetest Secret"'s hook is
Talking Heads' "Crosseyed & Painless" dialed down a BPM or two, the
awesome "Nights Of the Week" takes half of "Message In A Bottle"'s
arpeggiated riff and spins it out into a paean to partying/new wave
dance jam), a late-record suite of tunes tapping into Amnesiac-y Radiohead (see "Will I Live," "Doyle Is Dead," "Imaginary Friends").
"Nights Of The Week" is definitely the stand out track for me. Peep it here and tell me what you think:
I'd also watch this clip of them performing "Put Your Hands Up" late in 2007, including the aforementioned hot dancers. Maybe it'll convince you (if you are in NYC) to come check them out at the Bowery on Friday (tix still on sale).