It’s so bloody nice to instantly fall in love with a song you’ve never heard before, from a band you don’t know, at a premiere party you didn’t expect to be at, for a movie you didn’t see, even if the rain cuts this, the first time you’ve had to just relax and have a drink, short. In this case, the band is Capybara which is my favorite trippy-looking animal at the Bronx Zoo…Which kinda got me thinking about a Bronx Zoo beach hat I wore constantly in college ’til I left it on freight train I’d hopped during a brilliant mescaline trip. I miss that hat. Anyway, at the 1:13 mark things get positively at-the-drive-in (the place, not the legendary band) via a screen-within-a-screen…
Monday, March 15th, around 9PM? Thanks man, I really needed this…click on the small triangle for slightly higher resolution
Austin TX’s Mohawk is a pretty cool venue — the entire design of the place (as seen during the freeze-frame at the 2:44 mark) is like an open piano, and as I drank my Scotch it sorta felt like a music box come to life…When I was a kid I used to think that every time I played a record, the band were inside the record player, and so I ended up feeling guilty when I’d play the same sing over and over and over, like I had miniaturized slave-labor musicians under my control, not unlike a creepy music biz exec, but I digress. I really love this song; it might remind you of Animal Collective, but for me, on this night, needing to feel something and subsequently getting an unexpected deliverance of sorts from this band, the rush of the drums and the wailing actually made me think of an old song, “A Whisper To Scream”, by a group called Icicle Works, — they’re not really similar, it was just the feeling of the moment, and this live version is very different from the version at Capybara’s website…These cats are from Kansas City, and at one point, the wailing and counter-wailing sound very Native American, like the Shawnee Indians…At the beginning, the push of it all was so great that I just had to pan away from the stage and just take in the 360-degree view, discovering a gigantic roller skate freaking out passersby and rubbernecking motorists. ‘Nice one.
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