Fiery Furnaces At Town Hall

Jim and I went to see The Fiery Furnaces at Town Hall on Friday night. The show was definitely something I’d been looking forward to for a while, despite Frank’s warning on Chromewaves.

The Brooklyn Vegan thought the show was great and managed to get great pictures, despite the yellow-jacketed security guys who weren’t shy about shining a flashlight in your face and telling you that no photography was allowed.

Matthew Fluxblog described the show as midling, and offers a really detailed description of their show.

The Gothamist deemed the show a catastrophe, pulling no punches.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a “catastophe,” but it was something of a disappointment. The band obviously put the most effort into performing material off their upcoming album Rehearsing My Choir, which failed to excite the audience. Their older material, for the most part, sounded rushed, and the rhythm section didn’t seem to play very differently on any of the songs. Even The Fiery Furnaces (well, Matt, anyway) admit they rush the material, and hope it’s “amusing.” (link via Largehearted Boy)

To echo the sentiment of the other folks, I wish that the show had been more like the encore, with Eleanor and Matt performing as a duo. FF remind me of early Flaming Lips- sometimes they are a little too crazy/experimental for their own good. New album notwithstanding, they are a great studio band, and I look forward to hearing more of their new stuff soon.