The Faint, Tilly and the Wall, Fourth of July

December 21, 2006 at 11:55 PM | Concerts, Music, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I saw The Faint in concert at The Granada this weekend.

The first act was a local band called Fourth of July, who kicked the show off to a great start. There were many things of note with this band… first of all, my favorite was probably the guitarist who played this real interesting, slide-guitar sounding parts. I listened to the tracks they have up on their MySpace and I’m pretty sure they started the show off with the track “Purple Heart” (check it out, it’s hot), which really showcases the guitar part that I’m talking about. The next awesome thing about this band is the fact that they had the whole female/male vocals that recently stated that I enjoyed. And then the guy on the keyboards even played the trumpet on some songs! And finally, the bassist had this kick ass old school looking jazz bass from straight out of the 60′s (70′s?). It wasn’t an upright or anything like that, though, if that’s what you’re thinking. I don’t know a whole lot about bass guitars, but I know that what this guy was playing was not very common. In fact, if there is a missing link between the upright bass to the modern jazz bass, then this was it. Maybe.

Tilly and the Wall was the biggest surprise. I think that I had heard of them before, but I had never heard anything by them (seems to be the story with me and a lot of other bands), so I really didn’t know what to expect. It turns out, I probably should have heard of them, what with their being on Team Love Records, which has its connections to Rilo Kiley and The Faint, both top notch bands in my book. Anyways, their main lineup included 2 female vocalists, a guitarist, as well as… a tap dancer! The tap dancer was amazing. At first, I didn’t know what the point of having a dedicated tap dancer on stage was, but then I realized that she was very much an integral part of Tilly and the Wall’s sound, as her dancing provided the percussion for the songs! I was like “hold up, nobody’s on the drums… and yet… oh my godddd, it’s the tap dancing!” But their sound is some real upbeat, happy sounding stuff, like almost to the point of flowery, hippy-happy. But that may be an exaggeration… it was very happy sounding stuff and it made you happy to hear it and see them perform. The stage was lit up all bright, the booms from the tap dancing hitting hard, people singing together, the handclaps… it was so good. And the girls in the band were hot and stylish, that’s always a plus.

My only complaint about the show is that there was this fool in front of me, during Tilly and the Wall’s set, who kept clapping to the music, but waaaay off beat. It was extremely annoying when I was trying to watch this band that had caught my interest so. I feel bad for being harsh on this guy, because I know how it feels to be at a long-awaited concert of one of your favorite bands of all time, which is what I’m guessing this poor fellow’s situation was. When you find yourself in such a situation, the feeling is incredible. You do what you gotta do, my friend. I’m all for it.  But, please, just not at my expense.

I picked up two Tilly and the Wall records (Wild Like Children and Bottoms of Barrels) and while they are both excellent albums, I think their live performance was sooo much better. Check them out sometime.

And then The Faint. The motherfucking Faint. Now, I’ve seen them before, and I absolutely loved it so much, that it was a given that I was going to see them again, as soon as I got word that they were coming around. It was about 2 years ago when I last saw them, and their setup and show still follows the same format: the dual projector screens in the back, playing material in sync with the music, a wild light show display, and the band performing all crazy, for lack of a better word. And it was all just one big electro-punk dance party–people jumping around, moving to the music. This guy in front of us fell down. Twice. And it never ceases to amaze me the amount of sounds heard on their albums that are produced by guitars, you know, things that one might think were created by synthesizers, computers, or drum machines.

Partway through The Faint’s performance, this guy in front of me turns around and gets my attention. He pointed at something, as if he needed me to get somebody’s attention standing behind me. I turned around and looked but I couldn’t see who/what he wanted. But what he was really doing was pointing at the letters “SF59″ printed on the shoulder of my shirt. I looked back at him and he gave me the thumbs up. We had a Starflyer fan amongst us. That’s always a good sign.

And The Faint played some of their new songs. It’d been a few years, probably about 2 years, maybe more, since they put out Wet From Birth, so I would expect that they have some new songs to play. The thing is, I don’t recall really digging those new tracks that much. And the hottest tracks are still the ones off of Danse Macabre. But when they put out their new disc, I have confidence that it’ll be as hot as their other albums, I just gotta give it some spins.

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  1. hey, now you know why the faint and tilly are my absolute favorite live shows! I was at the grenada; I’d been waiting for that show for, like, months. Give wild like children a few more spins, and you will be singing along like crazy in your car, I guarantee it.

    Comment by Rachael — January 7, 2007 #

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