Monday, November 05, 2007

Band of Horses @ Terminal 5

Band of Horses; The Drones; Tyler Ramsey
@ Terminal 5
November 4, 2007

Band of Horses played their biggest show ever and they did it in style. Another band that benefits from brevity, the Northwest-turned-South Carolinian collection of beardos play symphonic pop-rock in short bursts. If they went long, or approached jam band territory, this would be bad. The crowd had a lot of frat boys and wannabe-hippies, presumably all because the band has a song called "Weed Party", and critics zero in on simplistic lyrics, but the music of Band of Horses is targeted, really, at sophisticates and those looking to escape for a little while into some forest of deep, thoughtful sound. The band is more mature than they are given credit for.
The Drones are an aptly named quartet from Melbourne. At first, this isn't a pejorative. The intense-sludge harkens back to some of the better 90's grunge and Radiohead moments. But after about 15, 20 minutes - and this is a trend lately - it was enough. One gets the idea. It went on for another 20 minutes or so but it felt like they were on for over an hour.
Tyler Ramsey is a pleasant bluesy finger-picker from Asheville. His music obviously sounds better in a small club rather than the massive swirls of Terminal 5, but it worked.

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At November 5, 2007 at 10:38:00 AM EST, Blogger Tom Burg said...

Good review, and couldn't agree more about the Drones. Those last couple of songs were nothing more than masturbating. One wonders how a band like that gets paired with the headliners.

Thought the BoH show got better as it went along. The sound wasn't that good for the first few songs, but the sound man sorted it out. And I thought the new songs sounded great live, esp Ode to LRC. As a live band, they're really improved from when I saw them about a year ago.

At November 5, 2007 at 10:30:00 PM EST, Blogger paulc said...

Yes, BoH were great...

I don't agree about The Drones though. They are kick ass rock n roll from the school of Kim Salmon, something that's been missing for a while (unless you're into Bad Wizard or Mark Lanegan)


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