Sunday, September 4, 2011

Show Review - Caveman and The War On Drugs - 9/1/11 - Club Cafe - Live Review - Concert Review

This is going to be a very short review of The War On Drugs with Caveman at Club Cafe this past Thursday to a relatively packed crowd. The audience was divided with over 3/4 standing while a 1/4 of the attendance were seated in the booths and bar stools along the wall. Let me just say, if you take this show as a whole, it is the best of the year. Caveman out of NYC, set the tone early with an amazing set featuring a partitioned drum kit between two people. They were beyond tight and quite accomplished for a band not many have heard. We were wondering if this could be eclipsed, but it was matched with The War on Drugs.





I realize I will catch grief for this, but if Kurt Vile had been playing in place of the TWOD, you would have not known the difference. Watching Vile earlier this year at the Warhol, you can see why these two were collaborators. Not just in sound, vocals and rhythm, but simply in mannerisms and stage presence. You couldn't tell the two apart. Not that its a bad thing, but it made me wonder who designed the sound? KV or Adam G.? It was pretty much hand and hand. But so good. Checkout some of the video and decide for yourself.

13 comments:

  1. This has been the great internet debate on these two albums. Whose sound is it?! Yes, they have very similar sounds - which makes perfect sense. But it's also not as if they have a radically unique style never heard of before.
    After seeing War on Drugs, I give the edge to Adam G. It's the vocals. His diction resonates Bob Dylan, drawing out certain vowel, spitting out the final word of a line. Kurt's gentler singing doesn't do it for me.

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  2. I was pretty buzzed when I typed this..eh. I do agree after seeing both I was more impressed with Adam G.

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  3. So bummed I had a last minute emergency and couldn't make this show. You're not going to find a better night for eight bucks in Pittsburgh this year.

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  4. In terms of tWoD vs. Kurt Vile, based solely on my favorite studio album I'd have to go with KV.

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