Handsome Furs at The Casbah
Talkdemonic and Suuns fill out awesome triple bill
An extremely energetic crowd gathered at The Casbah on Thursday, September 1, to enjoy one of the finer tours to visit Little Italy withtin the past year: Talkdemonic, Suuns, and Handsome Furs. Handsome Furs are touring in support of their latest album, Sound Kapital, released by Sub Pop Records. Portland band Talkdemonic played an intense and moody set of instrumental tracks that blend live drums and viola with backing electronic tracks that fill out the sound. The set was excellently paced, and the crowd, which was unusually full for the opening band timeslot, responded raucously. Their forthcoming album, Ruins is set to come out October 4, on Issac Brock’s label Glacial Pace Recordings.
Suuns are a band from Montreal, and played the second set of the night to a receptive crowd. The Suuns live show is difficult to describe, as they draw upon a variety of influences to create a sound that is dense with electronics and guitar effects, while still remaining accessible. They toe the line between standard indie rock and more experimental art rock, and they do it with a skill that belies the young age of the band (having only released one EP and a full-length that caught the attention of label Secretly Canadian.) The band played an insular set and rarely acknowledged the presence of the audience, which provided the ambiance of watching them private rehearsal rather than a performance at a club, making their set a much more personal affair.
Handsome Furs, are comprised of husband and wife duo Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry - took the stage to the now sold out show amidst loud cheers and applause. As they launched into their first song it was easy to see why the crowd was so enthusiastic: Handsome Furs, despite being just two people play with an energy that is set all the way to eleven. They played song after song with a rare and infectious stage presence that kept the crowd moving. The audience responded in kind, dancing and singing along to each song. Alexei Perry thanked the crowd profusely and sincerely after each song, and even mentioned that San Diego was the, “most fun" stop on their tour.