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Friday, November 04, 2011

Thou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touche' Amore', & Circle Takes The Square (Dragon's Den - New Orleans)

I had a chance to catch a few bands last night (11-3-11), here at the Dragon's Den.

I had heard of but hadn't heard any of these band live until last night. I have a few Thou EPs and LPs and already a fan. The show was early, so I could go to work afterward and was only $5. The show was Thou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touche Amore and Circle Takes The Square. My thoughts you ask...

Thou is amazing. Feel lame for living in New Orleans for 6 years and only begin to listen to them a year ago. I've known Brian (vocalist) for a couple years and it took me some time to connect that he was in the band. Well, I got to say, these guys are great live. They set up facing one another, played on the floor versus the stage, and just played song after song for 45 minutes. Loud, tight, ferocious sound.

Pianos Become The Teeth were great. Yeah, it sounds basically like screamo or whatever, but very good. The songs are well structured and they sounded really good live. Actually, my second favorite band of the night behind. The rhythm guitarist played a Beatles-esque Rickenbacker, too.

Touche Amore were next. I've always heard people jokingly call this band 'Douche Amore'. There's a reason. The frontman has a face of a tool. His swagger is such that he looks douchey. But everything he said was gracious and he complimented the other bands a lot. The douche moniker could perhaps be in relation to the band's fans. Lots of tough guy hardcore dudes come in and start slamming into the 60 or so people there. Some guys try crowd surfing amongst the 15 people trying to dance. A dick-y dude comes out of the crowd and says, "They're all pussies," as he struts back to the bar. At that point, I just sat down and kind of ignored them.

The closer was Circle Takes The Square and they were very good. Technically-sound metalcore. Brilliant music but their performance was limited. Perhaps if you play really intricate music one must need to concentrate, so it's tough to bang your head, thus their need to not move. Three different people in the band sang/scream. The drummer played some incredible fills. Very good stuff to listen to.

It was a good night.


Pianos Become The Teeth pictured above.

posted by Jeff Watkins at 2:54 PM


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