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Clap Your Hands Say Metropolis!

Posted by MP / April 14, 2007

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After the strummy, old-timey, folk sounds put on by Elvis Perkins In Dearland finished, the crowd thinned out a little and beer was purchased and bathrooms were visited. The two white-girls-with-dreadlocks in front of me seized the moment and made a mad dash for the front of the crowd. Seeing an opportunity to get a better position for some guerrilla concert photography, I followed closely behind them. I had already been kicked out of the closed balcony while trying to get a good shot of Elvis, and the open path that these two dreadsters left in their wake was too tempting to pass up.

I waited patiently, placing myself strategically between docile college students who looked least likely to jump up and down. I kept my distance from a group of excitable looking kids, ready to flail their arms and flick sweat from their perfectly messy hair-dos into my camera lens. Sometimes photographing these things can be a bitch. Elbows seem to find and jostle me just as I'm pushing the shutter button.

The floor started to fill up again, and brave waitresses, with trays held high, weaved their way through anxious fans, delivering their drinks without spilling a single drop. I watched these professionals all night and was thoroughly impressed by them.

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The unconventional voice of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah front-man, Alec Ounsworth, whined out of the speakers and cut into the crowd like a razor blade. Man, that sounded kind of pretentious didn't it? But it's true. Only slightly more captivating than the band's overall kick-assness, Ounsworth's voice rides a very fine line, and is ultimately what makes this band unique. Imagine the kind of control it takes to keep that voice in check – to keep it sounding tuned and not finger-nails-on-a-chalkboard.

Damn, this was a good show. I got caught up in it. I barely even noticed as entranced fans bounced off of me as they rushed the stage, during what I could only assume was their favourite song. What struck me about this show was how much the audience enjoyed themselves. Even the surprised girl who was hoisted up and passed around for a bit, (I honestly didn't know people still crowd surfed) had a huge smile on her face. Everybody did.

All the songs I wanted to hear were heard, as well as a few surprises. The masked horn section that stormed the stage, comprising mostly of members from Elvis Perkins In Dearland, was a highlight. Long, thumping jams worked the crowd up nicely and there was much head bopping and dancing.

Discussion

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Trixie / April 15, 2007 at 03:26 am
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Just gotta say, Paul, that I dig this review for how it so perfectly captures a certain kind of show experience, and how even when--or maybe especially when--a band really brings you along with them, all the peripherals still really define the overall vibe of the night.
Tully Kinch / April 15, 2007 at 01:09 pm
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I have got a decent shot of the horn section in my yet-to-be-written-review of the show, here: www.holdmypeace.com.

And I think I know the saw the dreadsters in question too, and thoroughly avoided getting close.
Tully Kinch / April 15, 2007 at 08:31 pm
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Pics of the masked, horny trio here.

http://holdmypeace.blogspot.com/2007/04/clap-your-hands-now-i-wont-rant.html
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