Hey Wolfhat, I was at the Biltmore last night as well...
...and that will likely be the last time I see Freelance Whales. you know, they're okay and I had a good time with my date...but god it was mushy, sappy and just lacked any edge. It sounded like every song they played could have been written about crying over cotton candy, or falling off a teeter todder. The drummer wore a scarf and looked right out of a J Crew catalogue.
Yeah, I am not overly excited by them at all. I do like their sound, though, even if it does lack edge. Their album is no different so I guess I wasn't expecting to have my mind blown.
Their drummer's outfit was hilarious though! Your "J Crew catalog" description is exactly right. For those not at the gig, he is a clean-cut guy and wore a fashionable sweater with a winter scarf tied tightly around his neck. Very strange, but also not out of place in a band of hipsters. Did you see the cardigan the leader singer from Pepper Rabbit was wearing? Well, of course you did. It was navy blue with a nautical theme, oversize, and had large white polka dots all over it. That's how I knew who he was at the bar.
The "L" and "N" that these British Columbians are talking about are the equivalent to the graduated licensing programs in many of the states, such as Washington. They also refer to these big magnetic letters that you have to put on the back of your car when you drive to signify that you are a new driver.
When I see them on the road, I think Loser:
Basically, they're a warning to other motorists that the person driving is even worse than the other BC drivers. Beware!
Most of the hate from this board comes from their Sasquatch performance.
I agree, and I hope we're right. I was fortunate enough to see their Sasquatch performance from beyond cymbal-throwing distance so my opinion of it was less clouded by my fight or flight response. They were, however, completely bonkers on stage. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as when I saw them open for System a few years ago at an arena show. Now THAT was a wicked concert!
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It was definitely the obvious go-to, but I was surprised they hadn't been mentioned yet. Another obvious one is Mars Volta, but they seem to get a lot of hate on this board so maybe I'll keep them out of this.
I saw Freelance Whales last night. I'm not their #1 fan, but the gig was fun. Tickets were cheap, PBR was on special (of course), and they sounded pretty good. It may have just been the venue, but their stage presence seems to have improved since they played Sasquatch earlier this year.
The reason I bring this up is because I ran into the lead singer of the opening band (Pepper Rabbit) at the bar and got to talking to him about their upcoming gigs. Turns out they are hoping to play Sasquatch this year. They don't have the final word on it yet, or at least that's what he told me. They are turning the west coast with Passion Pit for the next few week, and later Ra Ra Riot, in case any of you are going to one of those shows. Pepper Rabbit definitely fits into the whole indie-hipster music scene, much like Freelance Whales. Their sound live was better than what I listened to today on their myspace, but check them out anyway if you want:
Give it up, wolfy, or you are going in the bin with biff and doumak.
Yeah, the "open minded music fan" thing was a cheap shot, but dude, lighten up. It is too easy to push your buttons. Especially for someone who finds it so easy to give others shit. I imagine this is another hazard of having four younger sisters.