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Fujiya & Miyagi and School of Seven Bells, 2/17 @ Le Poisson Rouge

February 18, 2009

LPR was packed last night for a double-bill of Fujiya & Miyagi and School of Seven Bells. Having seen them play the room a month earlier, I had high expectations for School of Seven Bells but was disappointed. The mix was muddy from the outset and the set was uninspired. While the vocal harmonies of identical twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza were beautiful, the lyrics were undeterminable and they basically stood motionless (and emotionless) throughout the entire set.

I hadn’t seen Fujiya & Miyagi before and didn’t know what to expect. From the opening beats, the sound was drastically improved. The thick bass lines and whip-crack drumbeats had the room vibrating. Two video screens behind the band displayed animation where the pixels were made of different colored playing dice, reminiscent of Michel Gondry’s lego-video for the White Stripes. The visuals added an interesting element, but didn’t really progress throughout the show and, eventually, they grew tired. The room began to clear a bit as the set came to a close (probably a result of it being almost 1 am on a Tuesday night) but the band finished strong with a two song encore featuring heavy use of the synth on the closer. Overall, a tight, pulsing set.

Sadly, no photos this time due to technical difficulties (aka not wanting to fight thru the packed crowd up front and annoy everyone). Brooklyn Vegan has some nice photos here.

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