Michelle and I took a drive up to Tampa to see Caribou play at the Crow Bar last Tuesday night…. what fun! Nice venue, good liters of beer, and of course, an amazing show. The playlist centered on the latest album, Andorra, which is a lot more song-oriented than his last album, which explored a plethora of post-IDM instrumental tracks (though certainly with some singing). Andorra‘s songs are very much touched by a Beach Boys sunny pop aesthetic, but make solid use of tight drum programming and dense production.
Caribou is pretty much just the project of Dan Snaith, but for this tour he put together a band to play everything, and so the songs didn’t have quite as much instrumentation as on the album, but the live dynamic sounded great and conveyed a lot of energy.
They also had a very complimentary video projection show going on– somewhat scaled-down 1960s psychedelia, with lots of color flickering, simple moving shapes, parallel lines and such.
Here’s a video of their encore performance at the Bowery Ballroom… they played the same song at the Tampa encore, and we danced like mad for the dual-drumset wrapup.
If you get a chance, you should really catch their show. Get the album, too… it is superb.
My only gripe: why does nobody else dance? There were obviously major fans of Caribou at the event… do they think that the band likes to see a huge crowd of people just nodding their heads? Don’t worry about what you look like, people…. just move around! Trust me, it’s some serious fun.