07/17/13 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
07/21/13 Cambridge, MA Sinclair
07/22/13 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
07/23/13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
07/25/13 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
07/26/13 Washington, DC Black Cat
Future Bible Heroes
Maggie just saw Future Bible Heroes at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, although technically, she tells me it's in Echo Park. From this "fun little show" picture below…
I normally also cover opening bands, but unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, I was unable to actually make it on time to catch Luxury Liners. Just to give you a brief overview, Luxury Liners is the side project from Carter Tanton. Their latest album, They're Flowers came out on Western Vinyl earlier in April and they're currently on tour with Future Bible Heroes.
DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission provided new wave/late 70s and early 80s music between sets. I can now confirm that the music videos are of his choosing, as previously seen/heard at the Garbage show. I think my favorite of the bunch was Visage's "Fade to Grey" from the New Romantics period.
As for Future Bible Heroes, as I've previously mentioned, this current tour does not feature the low baritone vocals of Stephin Merritt. Playing his part will be Figures on a Beach's Anthony Kaczynski and Chris Ewen. The rest of the group consists of Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson and Shirley Simms and
It's hard to explain the actual show, because they play sissy dance music. You can tell they want to get up and dance around, but are completely shy about it. I believe all the songs were co-written by Merritt on the new album (I could be wrong), so they tend to be on the depressing side (suicide, death, vampires, hopelessness, graves, etc). Just when you think there is a light of hope, forget about it.
As you can see from their setlist, taken from my notes, they did play a few songs from Partygoing, including "Let's Go to Sleep (And Never Come Back)" (an upbeat song about suide), "Sadder than the Moon", "Digging My Own Grave", "Keep Your Children in a Coma" (Gonson's child love this song) , "Living, Loving, Partygoing" , "Drink Nothing But Champagne", and the "When Evening Falls on Tinseltown".
Highlight of their set for me was either "I'm A Vampire" or the Human League cover song, "Don't You Want Me", which made me laugh a bit when Anthony Kaczynski sings, "I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, that much is true".
Well, if you feel like living, loving, and partygoing (but in a shy way), you should head out to see Future Bible Heroes on this tour. Their album Partygoing is out now on Merge Records.
Future Bible Heroes at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (07/16/13)