Guillemots @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/9/06

Guillemots @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/9/06

Seemed reasonable to turn our attention to stage when the house lights cut … but Guillemots like to experiment, and didn’t waste any time. Like a make-shift marching band, the group struck up a racket in the balcony, banging drums, clanging bells, blowing on horns and parading through the crowd.

Each player brings something to the band’s adventurous brand of pop, but the manic glint in lead man Fyfe Dangerfield’s eye lets you know from where the stuff flows. Guy’s voice can do it all, but he chooses passionate pursuit of his melodies over seeking perfection in their contours. And he’s a bit of a character. Upon forgetting a lyric during “Who Left The Lights Off,” he walked into the crowd and heckled his vacant seat. But when Fyfe picked up his keyboard to sing “Blue Is Still Blue,” without a mic or a band, he stole our collective breath. Last night’s show was far from a sell-out, but that didn’t stop forty strong from battling the returning house lights with stomps and cheers for a true encore. Fyfe agreed.

Between shifting styles, arrangements and instrumentation, the Guillemots try a lot. And we won’t say that everything works. But when it comes together, as in “Made Up Love Song #43″ and “Trains To Brazil” — and their ambition isn’t drowning their sound — the results are brilliant.

Through The Window Pane
We’re Here
Sea Out
Who Left The Lights Off, Baby?
If The World Ends
Made Up Love Song #43
Trains To Brazil
Go Away
Blue Would Still Be Blue
Sao Paulo
White Rag

Guillemots – “Trains To Brazil” (MP3 Link Expired)

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