Sunday, November 28, 2010

Show Preview - Freelance Whales - 12/4/10 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh

Freelance Whales will be playing at the Brillobox on Saturday, 12/4. They are an indie pop outfit from Brooklyn, NY. They are compared to the Postal Service in most reviews for better or worse. But they really don't fall into that category. They have only been performing live since for the past two years but have received a heap of blog buzz in that time. It recently landed them a spot at this year's Lollapalooza festival where I happened to catch their set. They put on a darn good show.

They are touring behind their debut lp Weathervanes which was released this past year on Frenchkiss Records (Les Savy Fav, Dodos). From their press:

To call them multi-instrumentalists might be a little overdone. The kids in Freelance Whales are really just collectors, at heart. They don’t really fancy buffalo nickels or Victorian furniture, but over the past two years, they’ve been collecting instruments, ghost stories, and dream-logs. Somehow, from this strange compost heap of little sounds and quiet thoughts, songs started to rise up like steam from the ground.

Weathervanes, the groups debut LP, finished tracking just a few nights earlier. Swirling with organic and synthetic textures, interlocking rhythmic patterns, and light harmonic vocals, the record works to tell a simple, pre-adolescent love story: a young male falls in love with the spectral young femme who haunts his childhood home. He chases her in his dreams but finds her to be mostly elusive. He imagines her alive, and wonders if someday he’ll take on her responsibilities of ghosting, or if maybe he’ll join her, elsewhere.

The doors open at 9:30 with the show beginning at 10p. The Minature Tigers and Mia Riddle are scheduled as the openers.

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