I've only been to The Bowery three times while living in New York; a fact which always seems to set people off upon hearing it. Yes, I live next door; yes, I'm in the music business; yes, I love the venue. But I always go out of there thinking the same thing: sound quality kind of sucked?
I'm a huge fan of Foreign Born. The trio began in San Francisco (I'm told none of the locals actually call it Frisco anymore) in 2003 and released its first full-length album, On the Wing Now, in mid-2007. After touring with the likes of Rogue Wave, Jason Collette, Cold War Kids and We Are Scientists, Foreign Born set off on its "Two Weeks Across America" tour with St. Vincent, whom I will also tag the word "love" to.
Foreign Born's set lasted about 5 songs and they played a handful of the good ones that always leave me feeling fuzzy, including a new song "Vacation People," and closing with the strong sounds of "Union Hall." It was too short. The sound, as I said before, was a bit off on the mic for the first couple of songs, but I think someone fixed it closer to the end of the 30-minute show. I left wanting more...which is a good thing, because I love Foreign Born's charisma on stage, the instrumentals were fantastic, and the hair on that stage looked a bit like Tim Burton's head at the People's Choice Awards. But I wanted to see more.
All in all, besides the disappointing sound quality at the beginning and the people at the door kicking me out of the venue because they didn't think I was on the list, it was a fantastic show. Foreign Born never lets me down. They always seem to put the people watching them in the best of moods, which was made very clear when the two girls next to me started biting each other's necks. These dudes have talent, and I can't wait to hear more of what they're brewing up next time around.