You.May.Die.In.The.Desert, Bronze Fawn – 2008-03-13

March 14th, 2008

Last night was You.May.Die.In.The.Desert’s CD release show for the split they just put out with Gifts From Enola. I like the shows these guys play because they always bring in at least one band that I love and they’re always very appreciative of everybody coming out and supporting them. There really is something to be said for humility and approachability among artists and these guys have both in spades.

I missed the first act, Panther Attack, but I’m told that they’re pretty killer. I’ll have to make it a point to see them soon. I showed up to The High Dive right when Bronze Fawn was about to start rocking all kinds of faces into oblivion and I got set up in time to tape them. I was going to record video too but it’s really hard to do that at a bar full of drunkies when you have no one to help you out. Thankfully, the simple audience recording I got turned out really good. I don’t know why the sound system at The High Dive sounds so good but it sure does. Whodathunk a bar could impart such clear acoustics?

But onto the actual music: Bronze Fawn. These guys are so amazing and talented. I saw them a few months ago when they got a chance to open for Battles (wasn’t taping, though) and immediately bought their album. They craft very catchy yet confrontational instrumental music that I’d go so far as to call “toe tapping”. They’re definitely not the usual humdrum loud-quiet-loud, tremolo-picking post-rock that a lot of people are sick of.

After Bronze Fawn played, a band from Portland called Colt Vista took the stage. Their set was a lot slower and more “spaced out” than Bronze Fawns and I think the crowd reaction was indicative of this change. Even though the crowd thinned out by the end of their set, I enjoyed a few of their songs. Especially the last song they busted out. If they wrote more songs like that then they’d be on their way. I talked to the drummer after the show and he informed me that it’s only the third show they’ve played so I’m sure they’ll be improving as they go along.

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert took the stage well after midnight but people still hung around to see them display their own brand of jazzy instrumental music. They’re so full of energy when they play and they really look like they’re having a good damn time while they do it. The new songs from the new CD are a lot tighter and more coherent than the songs from their previous EP. I really dig the direction they’re heading in with this new material; especially the last song they played… it’s really something to behold. Dig it.

Bronze Fawn – 2008-03-13 The High Dive – Seattle, WA
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Colt Vista – 2008-03-13 The High Dive – Seattle, WA
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You.May.Die.In.The.Desert – 2008-03-13 The High Dive – Seattle, WA
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3 Responses to “You.May.Die.In.The.Desert, Bronze Fawn – 2008-03-13”

  1. Jacob Says:

    I was at the show and thinking I got to find these guys. Thanks for posting!

  2. estress Says:

    Sweet: another You.May.Die.In.The.Desert recording!

    I emailed them a few months ago and Brandon replied saying they probably wouldn’t come to Europe until 2009. Thanks for this recording.

    I keep getting really terrible sound when I tape in bars here in Paris: most of the most interesting shows are in tiny bar basements or squats with no PA at all (or just one big amp that everyone plugs into somehow) so it’s usually not even worth the taping effort, even though the performances are sometimes amazing.


  3. Meredith Says:

    I’m personal friends of YMDITD and we really appreciate all the support you guys give. There sounds is definitely evolving and tightening. If you are ever interested in having them play someplace near you or getting some of their tracks, let me know!

    m :)

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