The Lucksmiths, Math and Physics Club, Fred Astereo | Crocodile Cafe | 24 September 2007
The Lucksmiths are making their way across the U.S. on a quick 2 week tour to promote their double cd Spring A Leak which collects 45 songs that appeared in various places other than their albums. Monday was their Seattle stop, and they did it up right, playing a free in store at the Ballard Sonic Boom and then Later the same night at the Crocodile Cafe with Seattle’s Math & Physics Club and fellow Australians Fred Astereo.
It was a family outing for me, going down to Ballard for the in-store. We weren’t sure how much of the set we’d get to see, I figured the kids would last 3 or 4 songs. I was wrong, they made it through the entire set (though I had to bribe my 5 year old son with a cupcake from Cupcake Royale). We weren’t the only ones with the idea to drag the kids along, there were a bunch of kids including Charles from Math & Physics Club with his youngsters. The Lucksmiths are aware of their kid appeal too, busting out baby and kid Lucksmiths shirts for sale after the set. They were their charming selves, playing Broken Bones, Music from Next Door and even a new one called Sobering Decision.
The Crocodile Show the same night was 21+ sponsored by Seattle’s Three Imaginary Girls. I arrived mid set for Fred Astereo, and their kind of goofy, but catchy minimalist songs. Stanley Paulzen (formerly of Ruck Rover) was accompanied by a bass and ipod. The bass player was great not only did she play, but she acted as Paulzen’s comic foil as well. The ipod backing sounded a bit like one of the backing tracks on the old electric organ and my grandparent’s house. They were funny.
Math and Physics Club have been away for nearly a year, so it was good to see them back in a live setting. The show not only acted as a coming out party for them, but also as a record release party celebrating the release of their new EP, Baby, I’m Yours. They were a bit rough around the edges, but charming nonetheless. The band played all but one of the songs from the new EP, including a Crosby, Stills & Nash version of Do You Keep a Diary with Charles James and Ethan doing a guitar only rendition, that was much different than the synth EP version. They also threw in a cover of the Stone Roses first single Sally Cinnamon, which was quite nice. MAPC always seem to have a good cover up their sleeve, I’ve seen them do REM, Razorcuts at other shows. Glad to have these guys back playing live again after the hiatus.
It’s always a pleasure to see the Lucksmiths live and tonight was no exception. A Monday night did not deter people from coming out to see them. It felt like one of those shows where everyone there was a super fan, in between bands, I saw people with noses buried in the liner notes from their new purchased Spring a Leak cd’s. If you’ve never seen them live, Tali, the drummer and singer uses a stand up kit and drums mostly with brushes. He’s front and center making for a visually exciting show from just a stage layout perspective. I mean how often can you actually see what the drummer is doing way in the back of the stage? More people should hear this band not only live but on record, and the place to start is their last album Warmer Corners. It has some of the best songs they’ve ever written, and a lot of those were played last night including Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco, Sunlight in a Jar, Hiccup In Your Happiness and my personal favorite Fiction. Before they came on I was heading to the bar and I passed Marty, blurting out to him that Fiction was my favorite song of his and were they going to play it? He said that they rarely do play it but were going to tonight because they could borrow Saundrah from MAPC for the violin parts. They closed with Fiction, and it was the perfect end to a Lucky day.
I’ve got more photo’s from the show over at Flickr.