Bumbershoot Throw Me the Statue
posted by August 31 at 11:04 AMon
I tried to make it down to Bumbershoot a 12:30 yesterday for Throw Me the Statue, but a late brunch date and a slow, ass-packed bus delayed me until about 12:45. So I only caught half of the band’s set, but from what I saw it was another fine, if not exceptional, performance from them. The Juno-60 and the the kick drum seemed a little loud from where I was standing, and the band might have missed a couple marks, Scott Rietherman’s next line not quite landing on the final beat of the preceding drum fill. But then, it was just past noon.
“Young Sensualists” sounded great as always, really accelerated by live drumming; “Yucatan Gold” also benefitted from a live percussive intro. Their regular horn section was on hand for a couple songs (one or two of these horn players would reappear later with the Walkmen and Man Man). Throw Me the Statue played a couple new songs, “Parade,” which they debuted at Capitol Hill Block Party, and another one, no name, that they had just written as part of a week-long EP recording session which they said they were halfway finished with. This debut was less impressive than “Parade,” key-heavy and mellow, without a big (or really any recognizable) chorus and with none of the former’s grand guitar sweep. The time-slot and the so-so show may have made for not the greatest introduction for any Bumbershooters seeing the band for the first time, but they still have one of the best albums with many of the best songs to come out of Seattle in the past year; here’s hoping they sort out that EP.