—"what that was" live in brooklyn (5/21/13)
Lately I have tried really hard to not take photos or videos or look at my phone at all while watching a band play. Sometimes the impulse to document a moment is too strong though and I feel like I have to do something, so I have been making little voice recordings on my phone. I have tons of them. Here is one I took last night at the Majical Cloudz record release show at Glasslands. Devon sang “What That Was” a capella after performing Impersonator from front to back. There’s honestly not a single new band I’ve seen this year who come off as so completely devoted to what they are doing while playing, squeezing every ounce of life/emotion they’ve got into the performance so that everyone there can feel more alive etc. It reminds me a lot of what John Maus tries to do live but with songwriting that is way more interesting and specific. Impersonator is one of the best records of the year and this was a perfect moment.