As of yesterday afternoon I truly believed that I wasn't going to be attending last nights show at First Ave's 7th Street Entry. Being stubborn like usual I put off getting tickets early and not to my surprise, the show was sold out. I just didn't believe that with Fujiya and Miyagi headlining that it would be a sell out show, but once there set started I could see why. They have developed an extensive fan base who goes absolutely bonkers for them live. However, I was not one of their devout fans, I was their to see School of Seven Bells.
After calling First Ave around 6 I found out that they were holding 5 tickets at the door, so I got there early and and ended up getting into the show. Two hours and two PBR tall boys later, School of Seven Bells, the sister duo Alejandra Deheza and Claudia Deheza took the stage with their band mate/co-founder of the band Secret Machines Benjamin Curtis. Besides the dude in the front row getting his dick rubbed by his girlfriend and sticking his camera in the band members faces, their set was sweet even though they seemed a little exhausted on stage. Having only one album they had a limited amount of material, but they definitely played a selection of their best of their songs like "Iamundernodisguise," "Face To Face On High Places," "Half Asleep," "Connjur" and "Prince of Peace." Even though it seemed like they lacked energy on stage I'm becoming more convinced that this might just be their stage demeanor, which they can pull off when two of their band members (who are sisters) could be full time models. Later, post-set, I got to chat with the sisters who were mega friendly. I ended up buying their record on vinyl and they offered to sign it without me even asking.
The show, which as of yesterday afternoon didn't seem like a realistic possibility, was pretty awesome overall. Fujiya and Miyagi were quite danceable and their songs were fun, but in the end that wasn't who I went to see. I feel like meeting one of your favorite bands in person more often than not ends up negatively altering your perception of the band. Strangely the complete opposite happened to me last night. My crush on these two spectacular females (Alejandra/Claudia) will be everlasting and I will continue to enjoy/purchase their music for years to come.
Here is an in studio performance a Radio K of "My Cabal." Also, be sure to check out their myspace and to support the band if you dig em'.