Foster the People + the Chain Gang of 1974 ::: Bluebird Theater ::: 06.08.11
Last night’s Foster the People and the Chain Gang of 1974 show at the Bluebird resonated with me on different levels. The Chain Gang of 1974 is all grown up and the release of “Wayward Fire” out June 21st (buy here) will be heard by many and will find that the void left by LCD Soundsystem will eventually be filled (more on this later). Foster the People are fueling the fire created by their impressive S/T EP, leading to their full length, “Torches” released last month (buy here). The great dancing inferno incited by the manic drum pounding on stage and bass thumping (a couple of us were wondering if AEG sprung for a new system) led to a short and concise set from the SoCal crew. “Houdini” played early and caused a ruckus amongst the fans. To the belligerent drunk girl next to me that kept on hitting me during “Waste,” hope you had fun. TCGO 1974 remastered his last album and added a few more tracks to create “Wayward Fire.” The album as a whole feels fresh and crisp, as if we were bestowed upon a new album. The extended version of “Hold On” with added percussion is a pleasant touch to the already standout track. Frontman, Kamtin, is coming into his own as a true showman of his stage and will only get better. The extended touring with Tapes N Tapes and Cibo Motto (seperately) will only cushion the burgeoning resume. They’re working on setting up a UK club tour, and we wish them the best of luck.