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Last Friday night, my girlfriend and I headed to The Mohawk, a venue right off of the infamous 6th Street in Austin, Texas. A month or so before, I had gotten wind of an elite CD release party for Neon Indian’s upcoming “Era Extraña” album, featuring Com Truise as his opening act. Elated, I hurriedly snatched up two tickets, because they were rumored to be limited and going quickly. Sure enough. They were sold out pretty soon, but we got them in time to be guaranteed a spot at The Mohawk (which subsequently moved the show outside and sold more tickets, thereby packing the place out).
I hadn’t been to a show since February, when I saw Broken Social Scene at La Zona Rosa in the same city, so I had gotten cold feet and was very happy to be able to see one of my top three favorite bands/musicians at the time. I don’t know if that has happened since I saw Broken Social Scene back in 2006. So anyways, the doors opened at 8:00 PM, and we were there at 8:30 PM, so we could get good spots but not have to stand for hours to get them. I usually am a pretty lazy show-goer. I’ll stand in the back or even sit if I can still see alright, but for Com Truise I stood right in the motherfucking front.
He came on pretty promptly, and my girlfriend took hundreds of great shots of the guy, utilizing a range of different lenses and effects on her Pentax K-X. He played for about forty-five funky minutes, obviously getting into what he was doing. He was constantly tweaking, twiddling, and attenuating the various tracks that were being blasted across the venue, all while doing this smarmy little head bob. He had a live drummer to help out with the bombastic effect of the sharp stabbing beats, and he took a minimum amount of liberty with the songs, but simultaneously warping them on scene in a really kickass way. He played an eight- or nine-song setlist, including tunes from the Cyanide Sisters EP, like “Sundriped”, “BASF Ace”, and “Slow Peels”. These classics were interspersed by the more heavily represented Galactic Melt, from which he performed “VHS Sex”, “Cathode Girls”, “Air Cal”, “Glawio”, and “Futureworld”. He may or may not have introduced an unreleased song, but I am not entirely sure about that, but I was particularly pleased when he played “Glawio” as the closer. That’s probably my favorite jam of his, and it definitely ended his half of the show with a bang.
After slapping me a five on stage, I tracked Seth Haley (Com Truise) down to compliment his live performance and studio aesthetic. I was wearing a Ghostly International T-shirt, and he liked that, and I asked him if he did all of the artwork for his releases. One of the things I love about Com Truise’s work is how evocative it is, and the graphic art really complements the sound well, and of course, he already knew this. When I told him I appreciated his closing the show with “Glawio”, he excitedly told me that it is his favorite track to play live. After getting a couple photos with the guy, he introduced himself and fist bumped me on my way out. Really nice guy.
So, yah, I totally ignored the Neon Indian part LAWL