Cold War Kids and Crystal Antlers @ Orpheum Theater, 3/27/09
Straining my eyes in the gloom of the Orpheum Theater last Friday, I came to the astonishing conclusion that the guitars that the Crystal Antlers were holding must be purely decorative. Pulverized by the ferocious drumming, heavy bass, and the lead singer's screaming, the guitars faded to a whimper. "They sound like they've got a pillow over them," my friend remarked, "They're all drums and cymbals." Truer words were never spoken. Although I kind of wish the pillow had been over the lead singer's mouth. Piercing your audience's eardrums with wails of passion are never the way to go, sir. With the exception of their song Andrew in which they slowed down and allowed for the interesting piano chords and guitar licks to actually emerge, most of the Crystal Antlers' show was muffled in a blanket of drumming and screams.
To give the drummers (Kevin Stuart and Damian Edwards respectively) credit, had this been a drum off instead of a concert, they would have killed it. While wearing his sunglasses at night, Edwards was mostly in charge of the cymbals. His fancy stick flips and dance moves were worth the sum total of the rest of the performance in itself. Edwards, you should seriously consider going solo with just your cymbal. People would come from miles around just to see your fancy footwork.