FUTURE BIBLE HEROES + LUXURY LINERS + MEET THE PRESIDENT @ THE ECHOPLEX
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
Future Bible Heroes, one of the many side projects led by the man behind The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merrit, played an intimate set at The Echoplex without their leader. Merrit is sitting out the tour due to an ear condition known as hyperacusis, an ailment that causes an over-sensitivity to certain frequency ranges. In his absence, the band was led by fellow Magnetic Fields members Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms and Christopher Ewen, as well as special guest Anthony Kaczynski on bass.
Playing live for only the second time since 2002, the band showcased its electro-pop sound while playing songs off its recently released album Partygoing. Despite many of the songs covering very dark, sad topics lyrically, the band creates more of a dance club vibe with the more up-tempo instrumentals. However, that fact does not go unnoticed with singer Gonson, who commented during one break that “these songs are really depressing.” But she did note that one song, “Living, Loving, Partygoing,” is a bit more uplifting, and gets her three-year-old daughter bouncing around with her pony tail swaying back and forth. It just so happened to have the same effect on many of the adults in attendance, too.
Luxury Liners, the solo work of musician Cantor Tanton, delivered an intense mix of electro music filled with plenty of beats to keep the crowd moving between the opening and headlining acts.
Kicking off the night in grand fashion was newcomer Meet the President, a band so fresh on the scene that absolutely no information can be found about them online. But based on their set, it won’t be long before they have a strong following of fans.