Saturday, October 24, 2009
Pitchfork.com has reviewed Cymbals Eat Guitars recent CMJ performance...
"After a quietly intense set from Holly Miranda, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage at Le Poisson Rouge and delivered a noisy and intense set. They haven't been together as a band very long, but already they're playing like veterans, running through tracks from their debut, Why There Are Mountains, at a fevered clip without sacrificing precision or dynamics.
Opener "...And the Hazy Sea" introduced their pattern of attack and subside: The song peaked multiple times, faked an ending, then finally closed plainly and simply. On record, the structure sounds almost improvised, but onstage it came across as mapped out and purposeful even as it toyed with the audience's expectations-- and this crowd obviously knew the song already.
Singer Joseph D'Agostino was an imposing frontman who must have been dehydrated after the show. He was sweating profusely by the end of the first song, and spent the rest of the set contorting violently and playing his guitar like it was trying to eat him. A new song, titled "Plainclothes", sees him growing more adventurous as a songwriter, employing concrete narrative details and crisp lyrical imagery, and showed the band becoming much more confident in their quiet-loud dynamics. Even on quieter numbers like "Tunguska", they never lose their volubility, but seemed always poised to pounce at any moment. More often than not, they did. Cymbals weren't just loud, they sounded monumental.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:09 PM