New Music | 10.28.2016

This week is a little slow as far as new albums are concerned. We have Mayer Hawthorne releasing Party of One. The short EP features three songs that get funky. “Time For Love” sounds like something Jamiroquai could have released in the 90s, and that is absolutely a good thing. Synthpop group Empire of the Sun come out with Two Vines that will absolutely get you dancing, and should be a hit at all the music festivals next summer (here’s looking at you Bonnaroo).

We have two new Christmas albums (yes, already) from Jimmy Buffet and country starlet kacey-musgraves-christmas-album-coverKacey Musgraves. They both features covers of all those songs you’ll be hearing in every store in the next few weeks. Musgraves album has some great guest spots with Willie Nelson joining in for “A Willie Nice Christmas” and Leon Bridges on “Present Without a Bow”.

On the singles front we have Drake with, “Two Birds, One Stone” which sounds more like a stream of consciousness than actual song. AFI spring back to life with “Snow Cats”, which is not a Christmas song, but a promising look into their next album. Lead singer Davey Havok is on form with a familiar cadence and a song that sounds like it could have been a b-side from Decemberunderground.

A new single from Charli XCX, “After the Afterparty” and new album from Tove Lo, Lady Wood wrap things up in fun fashion that no doubt will get much play in 16 year olds vehicles everywhere. | Bruce Matlock

AFI turns up the love, down the dispair in St. Louis (11/4)

Almost as if to tell their Hot Topic loving fanbase to suck it, Davey Havok, the lead singer of AFI, has faded away from the makeup and turned up the screams. On a cool Wednesday night in St. Louis, MO, the band showed up looking more like the early to mid-thirties rockers they are, and much less like the mostly younger crowd they drew in.

The band’s vociferous fanbase, however, was not to be deterred, as they sang along with every word and bounced to many of the band’s songs (both new and old). Though older tracks “6 to 8″ and “Ny-Quil” had the crowd in its greatest frenzy, new songs off Crash Love, the band’s recently released LP, brought a good amount of dancing to the stage and crowd (despite being much weaker sounding tracks in the bands deep catalog). The four-piece’s songs have begun to sound less like dark dreary sorrow and more like the kind of love you’re not supposed to make music about.

Unfortunately, while these newer tracks were certainly fun, they just didn’t pack the immense bass lines of Hunter Burgan or the scorching guitar parts of Jade Puget. Drummer Adam Carson seemed almost pushed to the sidelines in exchange for computerized beats and pop break downs.

Early in the set, tracks off of Sing the Sorrow, the band’s platinum breakout, got everyone in the spirit with a rendition of “Girl’s Not Grey” and hardcore dancer anthem “The Leaving Song, Pt. 2″. Havok emerged looking more like a younger Perry Farrell and less like one of the girls from The Craft (as he has in the past). Overall, however, the crowd’s heavy momentum would push the band through the fairly short set (coming in at just over an hour long).

But, in the end, the real showcase of the night turned out to be openers, Gallows. It was quite a shock to walk into the mostly filled 2,000 person capacity Pageant, and see a band playing with no lead singer in sight (though one could obviously hear someone talking as well as singing). With a little bit of investigation, however, it could be discovered that the lead singer, Englishman Frank Carter, was directly in the middle of a frantic circle pit that encompassed most of the floor.

The band ran through songs featured on 2009’s Grey Britain, and did a suitable job filling the heavy slot AFI normally carries on the bill. The Brit punks sang songs for “the druggies, rehabbing druggies, and straight edge kids,” stating that it didn’t matter except that they were all enjoying themselves in the moment of the night. Carter also spent a fair amount of time promoting himself as a casanova, handing a broken microphone off to a woman he had chosen out of the crowd, as well as helping a specific gentleman by promoting anal sex.

All in all, the show provided many entertaining moments. If you get the chance, check out Gallows and leave the sorrow of old AFI to the albums themselves.

Setlist:
Torch Song
Girl’s Not Grey
The Leaving Song, Pt. 2
Too Shy to Scream
Ever and a Day
Kill Caustic
End Transmission
Ny-Quil
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Cold Hands
The Leaving Song
On the Arrow
Death of Seasonz
Medicate
Love Like Winter

Encore:
6 to 8
Miss Murder
Silver and Cold