Monday, October 4, 2010

Show Review - Cymbals Eat Guitars - 9/26/10 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh - Live Review

Despite a modest crowd which barely topped twenty last Sunday night at BrilloBox, the members of Cymbals Eat Guitars spared no effort. The band has created a good bit of buzz in the past year, and this is the second time in a matter of months that their constant touring has brought them to Pittsburgh. Singer and guitarist Joe D'Agostino was literally panting for breath between songs, wiping the sweat off his face while he thanked the audience and tuned his guitar. He can be breathtaking to watch; viciously attacking the guitar and channeling enough energy for the entire band. I especially liked D’Agostino’s use of the whammy bar on his guitar. Rare in the indie world, but awesome.

The band opened the set with a few songs off their debut album "Why There are Mountains," and then moved on to songs that were either new or what they referred to as "not very new" – which meant that they had played them live enough that the sound was tight and the tracks will almost definitely appear up on their upcoming sophomore album. Songs often wander into cerebral musical territory, similar to Animal Collective, drawing on precise musicianship punctuated by crashing outbursts of sound. For my money, bassist Matt Whipple held it all together with steady groove that maintained the pulse of the song at least as much as the drumming. The band summoned forth enough enthusiasm for the small crowd that there was no encore tonight - but the true encore will come in the form of their sophomore release in the coming year. I'm looking forward to it.

-Daniel Hammer

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