It’s been five days (and one immortal gif) since Cloud Nothings and Future Islands lit up Eclectic like a Christmas tree, so if you missed the show, you can stop kicking yourself long enough to scope out high-quality video footage Jordan Kenna ’12 finally got around to uploading to Vimeo. So far, there is coverage-in-action of show-opener “Give Us The Wind” (it’s really fab) and “Balance”; Kenna, as I understand it, synced his video footage with professional-quality recordings straight from the mixing board by sound wizard Samuel Remington Long ’12. (Those recordings are available, too; they’re on Aural Wes.) Certainly beats my sorry-ass excuse for video coverage.
If you missed the show, this is also your best opportunity to witness frontman Samuel Herring’s sweat-drenched gyrations, spastic hand motions, wide-eyed glares, and generally nuts stage presence. As I wondered during the show: could this be Professor Fitzpatrick in disguise or am I crazy for seeing a resemblance?
Anyway, click past the jump for “Balance” and Wesleying’s photo coverage. Hopefully more videos will follow from Kenna.
To the guy who wanted to see pictures: keep scrolling.
As promised, Thursday night’s joint billing at Eclectic—Cleveland noise-pop up-and-comers Cloud Nothings, North Carolina synthpop trio Future Islands—was “the last big one” of the year, for real-real. Between the visceral, fully charged assault of the former and synth-driven swirl of the latter, it was also one of the best.
First up, little-known Baltimore weirdos Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. I only caught the last fifteen minutes or so of this set, but if the band title sounds like something from a serial killer movie, the duo looks the part, too. There was a gratuitous amount of screaming, noise, and bashing around on tom-toms—I was quite pleased with what I caught.
Not as pleased as I was when Dylan Baldi and friends (“Cloud Nothings,” for all you hipsters) bashed through the entirety of 2012’s Attack on Memory with furious precision, nailing not only the caustic hooks, but the measured instrumental buildups (A-Batte: “I didn’t think they’d do the instrumental part on ‘Wasted Days’—but they did!”) and inimitable Steve Albini drum sound, too. Empirically: one of the best sets I’ve seen at Wes all year; I screamed my lungs out during “No Future/No Past,” and if you did, too, thanks. Here’s “No Sentiment.”
Uh hey guys did you know The Future Treasure Islands and Cloud Everything are comin to Electric House this Thursday night!!!? Yeah so the Ed Gein Music Beat is opening, it’s supposed to be a real fun time, and you can still buy your ticket for five doll hairs! This music performance is starting at 9 pm sharp (seriously!!!!!!!) and Cal “The Gifmaker” Hickox ’15 will be in Usdan today and tomorrow selling some freaking tickets:
The few tickets we have left will be sold from 12 to 1:15 Wednesday and Thursday on ground floor Usdan. Look for me or Sky Stallbaumer ’12 sitting at one of the little tables with some subtle signage that reads “FUTURE ISLANDS + CLOUD NOTHINGS TIX–$5.” If there happen to be any tickets left after Thursday lunch, they will be sold at the door. At this point, your ticket reservation doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a ticket. It’s first come, first served now. You snooze, you lose y’all. If you seriously can’t get to either of these times and are worried you won’t get a ticket, email sstallbaumer(at)wes and chickox(at wes and we will figure something out.
This show is on a Thursday, so it has to end at midnight, meaning our set times will be strictly enforced so we can ensure full sets from the headliners:
Summary: Reserve tickets online. Pick ’em up for $5 in Usdan. Apply to Concert Committee.
Hot diggity damn: Baltimore-based synthpop trio Future Islands, Steve Albini-approved indie-turned-noise rock project Cloud Nothings (whose Attack on Memory is seriously an attack on every other album I’ve heard this year), and total-mystery-to-me openers Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are coming to Eclectic next Thursday night for what is being billed as “the last big-ass concert at Eclectic.” I believe it. Tickets are available for $5 and, as usual this concert season, reservable via Aural Wes’ Ticketleap site. (That’s not the whole purchase. You have to pick them up in Usdan, which requires $5 cash.)
For more information on the acts themselves, you can hustle on over to Aural Wes, which succinctly states that “if you’re trying your best to get sweaty before finals, this is definitely the show to do it at.” Meanwhile, Sky Stallbaumer ’12 writes in about ticket pickup details. HE EXPLAINS THINGS IN ALL CAPS TO DENOTE THAT HE IS NOT FOOLING AROUND:
Future Islands and Cloud Nothings tickets that were already reserved online can be picked up THIS WEDNESDAY starting at noon in Usdan. From here on out, all the important stuff is in caps.
YOU NEED A PHYSICAL TICKET FOR ENTRY INTO THIS CONCERT. YOUR TICKETLEAP CONFIRMATION IS INSUFFICIENT. THESE TICKETS COST $5, CASH ONLY. YOU CAN PICK UP RESERVED TICKETS IN USDAN starting this Wednesday. Did everyone catch that? PHYSICAL TICKETS ARE NECESSARY FOR THIS CONCERT. AS THEY ALMOST ALWAYS ARE.