Let me just say from the start, there are some shows I go to because I really love the bands, and other times I go because I want to understand why everyone else really loves a band. The latter could very well explain my attendance at the Art Brut show.
Northern Towns kicked off the night. I suppose I'd call them Irish Punk, and reminded me of all those Boston Taang!! records releases that Curtis has given me over the years. They're definitely more of a Ken Club/Tower Bar band and I'm sure they tear up house parties, but it just wasn't what I expected for an opener for this specific show. Not an insult or complaint, just a little random.
The same can probably be said for Princeton. They're sweet guys, I've seen them several times, and I really like their pop tunes, but they seemed like a weird tour opener for Art Brut.
I guess the magic of all of that, is that when Art Brut hits the stage, you really can't imagine anyone that should open for them. I tried listening to their latest release and just couldn't make myself get past a couple songs. Still, there I was, front row with Natalie hoping to 'get it'. And holy cow, consider me converted. From the first note to the very last, I was entertained. Eddie Argos is hilarious, energetic, and with his stature and bravado, commangs the stage and the crowd. I was only going to grab a couple songs, but ended up just going with it... so here's a video; the rest are after the jump if you click 'keep on reading'. Again I had issues with the lighting, but their lighting was full on darkness to full power lights, and a whole lot of flashing in between, so hopefully you can enjoy these to some degree.
Setlist (as written):
Formed A Band
Rusted Gun of Milan
Pump Up The Volume
Bang Bang Rock and Roll
These Animal Menswear
Post Soothing Out