Live: Cass McCombs @ Henry Fonda Theater


One of the primary reasons we’re so fond of Cass McCombs is his ability to assume different musical identities without making his albums sound like genre exercises. The Baltimore native has gone from muddy Appalachian folkie to moody, Echo & the Bunnymen inspired brit-popper while never losing his sly sense of humor. It’s been a couple years since we last heard new material, and his joining the impressive roster across the pond at Domino piqued our interest and raised a few questions. Did he have a collabo with Four Tet up his sleeve (seems like everyone else does)? Would joining the eclectic Domino ranks push him towards new frontiers?
Hardly, but as last nights show at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles proved, the new songs from the upcoming Dropping the Writ are more like a hybrid of his previous efforts, and some of his best work yet. And even if it hasn’t affected his sound, moving to Domino might’ve helped him pick up a couple tips on stepping up his rock game. The three guitar attack was a nice touch, as was the addition of some feedback-drenched lead runs on set closer “Equinox.” The night may have belonged to headliners Peter Bjorn and John, but we’d bet Mr. Mccombs made quite a few new fans with his shiny new jams.

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Live: Cass McCombs @ Henry Fonda Theater