I ducked into The Rock Shop last week for just long enough to check out a compact, 30-minute set from Ski Lodge, a band that arrived at its name mostly based on “how it looked and sounded” and for its double-duty as a metaphor, says singer/lead guitarist Andrew Marr in an interview with The Deli. “It’s like an emotional place to escape to.”
Ski Lodge (photo Dominick Mastrangelo)
Primarily the project of Marr (previously of The Clementines) recorded, Ski Lodge expands to four on stage and boasts a fun, upbeat show full (what else?) of jangly guitars and retro swagger. Marr’s choice of what to bring with him to listen to on a desert island (“maybe The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead, Beach House – Teen Dream, The Walkmen – Lisbon“) reveals a lot about his sound.
There are ambivalent too-cool-for school crowds and then there are tUnE-yArDs fans. Instead of shying away from crowd participation, the latter group actually embraces it and exudes a child-like energy to mirror the impressive outpouring by mastermind Merrill Garbus.
Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs playing at pop fest 2010 (Photo Sam)
I had the opportunity to see tUnE-yArDs perform again last night at Park Slope’s new music venue, The Rock Shop. (Full review to appear on Brooklyn Vegan soon). Here’s an example of how enthusiastic the small but spirited audience was:
(An excerpt from a newer song, roughly titled “Do You Want To Live?”)
The crowd was even ultra supportive in the face of technical issues. After realizing that her ukulele didn’t seem to be working properly, Merrill stopped to try to fix the problem. Here’s how it went down:
(the laughter was because Merrill inadvertently captured someone cheering in the audience in her loop, and it became incorporated into the song).
Looking forward to hearing that new upcoming material!
"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."
- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being