Caribou, Junior Boys, and The Russian Futurists at The Satellite Ballroom – May 8

May 12th, 2005 · No Comments · By

After the release of a couple albums as Manitoba, including 2003's Up in Flames, Dan Snaith ran into copyright problems with Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators. He then changed the name to Caribou and released this year's The Milk of Human Kindness. The new record is a mix of sounds, ranging from 'Hello Hammerheads', with its the light acoustic and vocals, to the hip hop inspired beats and piano of 'Lord Leopard', and 'Yeti', reminiscent of Animal Collective with a world music flavor.

The show was like Caribou's album cover– abstract and full of color. I was expecting just Dan Snaith, maybe a Powerbook or iPod, and lots of wires for beat synthesizers, keyboards, and pedals, so the two-drummer set-up was a pleasant surprise. Unlike the album, which seems more bare, with each instrument sounding separate and distinct, Caribou's live show blends together for a much harder and fuller sound. It encompasses you both the musically and visually. With a synchronized video projected directly behind them, it was like watching a movie and playing a video game with one of those rumble packs in the controller.

Opening the show were The Russian Futurists, who sounded like the Postal Service but with more chords and Junior Boys, who offered dance beats, shimmering guitar and synth. These two acts helped make the overall show very free flowing, layered, and complex. All three bands worked well together, creating an environment that grew increasingly interesting, drawing the crowd in. Caribou was able to capitalize on the build up, and at the end of the night, they left the crowd astounded and pleased. As they exited the new Satellite Ballroom, most seemed as though they found the ten-dollar cover charge well spent.

-Lauren Tilton

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