28088Re: [ProgAndOther] San Fermin - My favorite new band from 2013
- Feb 19 8:15 AMMy wife and I went to see San Fermin last night with Son Lux at the
Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and it was a real treat. Roy, thanks again
for recommending them.
They have an 8-piece ensemble for touring: keys, guitar, drums, trumpet,
baritone sax, violin/harmonies, and the two lead singers - down from 23
musicians and singers on the album. Like the album, there's a lot of
variety in sonic tone - some songs are spare, while others have a wall
of sound and noise. I really appreciate a good horn section, and the
trumpeter and sax player were both excellent, with parts that were well
integrated into the substance and texture of the songs. The female
vocalists from the album, who front the indie band Lucius (I'm not
familiar with them but might look into their stuff), are not part of the
touring band - instead Rae Cassidy takes the female lead and does really
well with it, running hotter with the emotional tone of the songs than
the comparatively cool approach on the recorded version. Violinist
Rebekah Durham provides harmonies on many of the parts (sometimes the
trumpet plays the harmony melody along with the vocals, also), though I
was kind of sad to not have the full harmonies on "Crueler Kind", which
was otherwise excellent.
In terms of setlist, they did, I think, all the songs from the album
(omitting most of the instrumentals), largely in order. They did insert
two new tracks that are being worked up for their sophomore release, and
"The Count" was pulled out of its album position and used for the final
climactic song. No encore, despite a pretty frenzied ovation from the
Opener Son Lux was a pretty good time as well; I hadn't gotten familiar
with their material, and I did run a little hot and cold with their set.
The music is all by Ryan Lott, who sings and plays keyboards and
manipulates beats; there were also a drummer and a guitarist; while the
drummer was quite good, rarely have I seen someone make playing the
drums seem so much like an awful, crippling, incurable disease. I was
kind of on the fence about picking up his latest CD, "Lanterns" but the
closing song, which I think was the single "Lost It To Trying" was
compelling enough that I went for it; hopefully I'll give that a listen
Anyway, I can definitely recommend San Fermin to anyone who is going to
be visited by them sometime soon. It was a real treat.
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