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Elephant Shell

04/24/2008 | Blender.com | www.blender.com | Live Show Preview
When we saw these young Canadian rockers last summer, they put on a tight, affable indie-rock show. They wore thrift store t-shirts and blitzed through a shallow-yet-potent catalogue, letting their brief guitar blasts get a little wily but never out of control. It was modest. Now with a full LP to their name, the internet favorites returned to several sold-out New York shows this week. Even with all the blog praise and tickets sold around the world, they're still modest. But Monday's gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg blew away the previous show largely thanks to one key element lights.

Along with the venue's stage bulbs, the group were lit by six vertical bands lining the back of the stage along with a few more beaming up from the floor a set-up possibly inspired by a recent Nine Inch Nails tour. The rig gave the show a futuristic edge as the lights pulsed in time with the band's quick-turn tunes. While perfectly arranged songs like "Your English Is Good," "Tessellate" and "Sixties Remake" didn't necessarily need any added emphasis to highlight their chant-along hooks or tambourine-shaking back beats, the overgrown glow sticks made every snare hit and breakdown significantly more dramatic. It was an indie show underlined and bolded in all the right spots. And, with high-tech illumination tactfully in place, the quartet expertly broached the divide between big rock and small rock, finding a comfortable niche in between.
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