A cold Monday night seems like a great time to enjoy a little post-rock. I've only ever heard a few songs from This Will Destroy You, but a friend had a couple of guest list spots so why the hell not see some live music? A four piece from Texas, it would be pretty easy to confuse them with Explosions in the Sky as they sound more or less exactly the same, at least to these untrained ears. Not that I mind - good music is good music, and it's not like I'm ever going to get to see Explosions in a club the size of the Cat's Cradle Back Room ever again. They were great live in the sense that the sound was incredible, but their "performance" wasn't anything to write home about. I'd love to see one of these bands in a seated venue and paired with some sort of elaborate light show or visual display - I think it would go over like a honey pot on a bear's head.
The band that opened for This Will Destroy You was called Future Death, also from Texas. They were really two bands musically-speaking - some songs were noisy hardcore, others really off-kilter art pop. Since the extent of my hardcore knowledge is Minor Threat and Circle Jerks I'm not sure what I would compare that version of the band to, but I'm guessing if you like the female-fronted heavy sounds of Perfect Pussy you'd probably dig it. As for their other jams, it falls somewhere on the spectrum between Deerhoof and Guardian Alien; let it be said I'm not being racist with the Deerhoof comparison just because both bands have Asian women fronting them, some of Future Death's songs genuinely reminded me of them. Please file all grievances with management.
Before leaving I popped my head into the sold out Run the Jewels show happening in the main room and caught a couple of songs - hey, no one was watching the door, and what would it hurt? The place was packed, it was hot and sweaty, and the music sounded great. Seemed like El-P had lost his voice but he was still soldiering on, and Killer Mike was proving yet again he is the best that hip hop has to offer these days. Gotta catch that full show next time.