Friday, July 28, 2006

Hold On To Your Genre

Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington at a typical show

He's a bad muthaf$#@a!!!

Fresh of news in the last month that Jeff Mangum is back to make music as Neutral Milk Hotel comes news today from Pitchfork that Les Savy Fav has booked studio to record a new CD. Hell yeah, boyz!!!

Les Savy Fav is maybe the best live band ever and I've grown to love their recorded music the more I hear it. The best reference for Les Savy Fav is Gang of Four, though a lot of people like to call them dance-punk or something. In reality, they are a very tight and heavy band that knows how to groove. Throw in the craziness of lead singer Tim Harrington and you have one of the most amazing bands around. I've actually been listening to "Inches" a lot lately and was missing them, so this is truly fantastic news. I highly recommend purchasing "Inches" or "Go Forth".

Even if you don't like Les Savy Fav's music or never bother to check them out, I implore you to check them out when they play in your town. The band is one of the tightest bands I've ever seen and Tim's goal is to confront the audience. Below are a smattering of things I either saw personally or heard from others. Yes, these all happened at their shows:

  • Tim pulled out a huge ladder backstage at The Metro (believe Smashing Pumpkins released a DVD from their last show at this venue) and climbed up so he could "sing to the women in the balcony". The security personnel looked confused and pissed.
  • Had an audience member leave the show to buy a birthday cake for a band member and proceeded to hand out pieces to the audience.
  • Ran through the audience at the Village Voice Siren's Festival in Coney Island. If you saw the crowded audience this would seem much more impressive. Tim also came out dressed in full sailing regalia even though it was in the upper 90s.
  • Started a game of spin the bottle in the audience getting everyone on the ground.

In addition, Tim is usually down to boxers and shirtless within the first song, spends most of his time singing in the audience, and will get uncomfortably close to audience members while either singing or dancing. It's awesome!!!

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Blogger Mike K said...

Ahhhh yes. The Coney Island show was most wonderful. I was scarred and I loved it.

7/28/2006 12:38:00 PM  

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