Peter Bjorn & John Get Interfaced

PB&J’s experiment with keyboards, samples, and drum pads on Living Thing met mixed reception, although I found a lot to love about the record’s stronger tracks. Underneath the electronic cloak they’re still one of the savviest and most effortlessly pop-smart bands around, so hearing their sticky melodies twisted into new shapes was a welcome break from their previous (awesome) incarnation. The new gear does come with its objective downfalls, though, namely when it takes your sound men an eternity to figure out the wires and you delay everyone’s SXSW night by an hour. That shit was incredibly frustrating, and Brandon and I didn’t get to see much of their set because the tech difficulties didn’t get much better when they finally started playing. I don’t know how long it took them to set up in the AOL studios for this interface, but be thankful these clips are edited to just the performance part. You’ll find the album’s finest below: the galloping “Is It Your Past,” the late night dance of “It Don’t Move Me,” and the previously posted “Lay It Down” along with a ballsier take on “Nothing To Worry About.”

“Nothing To Worry About”

“Lay It Down”

“Just The Past”

“It Don’t Move Me”

All those come via Spinner, where you can watch an interview with the band. This is a good remix:

Peter Bjorn & John – “Lay It Down (The Golden Filter Remix)” (MP3)

Check the boys on tour, many opening for Depeche Mode. Pray that they have better sound men than at SXSW.

04/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
04/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
04/23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
04/24 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
04/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
04/26 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
04/27 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
04/28 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
04/29 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
04/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café
05/02 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

Peter Bjorn and John with Depeche Mode
07/24 – Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheatre
07/25 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
07/28 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
07/31 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
08/01 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
08/03 – New York, NY @ MSG
08/04 – New York, NY @ MSG
08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena at Seattle Center
08/12 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/14 – Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
08/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
08/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
08/20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
08/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl
08/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
08/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
08/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Pavilion
08/29 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages Center
08/30 – Woodlands, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion
09/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
09/04 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
09/05 – Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center