It’s the first week that school is back in session and college kids everywhere are out looking for a good time. Students, trying for figure out which bar has the cheapest beer and hottest crowd, have over run Boston’s streets. And the freshman were obscenely apparent this Friday, as they stood outside of Boston’s Paradise Rock Club in clusters, pondering going in to see an unknown band and if it was worth possibly getting their ID’s taken away. The concert goers outside flashed the unbidden kids with taunting glances as they puffed on their cigarettes. The few that went in were easily lost in the sea of people all eagerly awaiting to see if the Fiery Furnaces could pull off their latest album, Blueberry Boat live. A large crowd of an equal ratio of men and women all guzzled down bottles of alcohol, giggling and talking louder than the freshman outside.
After White Magic and Night Rally pumped up the crowd, the Furnaces took the stage quietly and then slowly erupting in noise. The duo consisting of Eleanor and Matt Friedberger (brother and sister) had the help of Andy Knowles (drums) and Toshi Yano (bass, synths) for their live show. People roared and frantically tried to keep the beat as the Furnaces chaotically changed tempos and moods. Just like on the album, the Furnaces played music that could easily sound like a nervous breakdown or a bad acid trip, only live there was a grittier and louder guitar. Everyone listened as Eleanor sang about blueberries, dogs and water and surprisingly many fans sang along with her nonsense lyrics. The Furnaces came across a little more rock and a little less dramatic than on their album, which is a good thing. And the robotic dancing audience members seemed to agree as they shouted and demanded an encore. Surely, the few kids that went in didn’t know what they were getting themselves into but more likely than not, they left fans.
Source: Karen León