After working on a deadline, putting down my cat*, and other fun stuff, I was pretty tired by the time Wednesday rolled around, so I didn't feel like working too hard to get any pictures of the evening's line-up at Neumos: Horse Lords, Matmos, and Mouse on Mars (but I did meet my damn deadline and the check is in the mail).
In fact, I deleted all my Matmos photographs. If I'd had the energy to tunnel to the front—a sizable audience filled the room—I might have gotten a few passable ones, but the spot I staked out near the bar provided the perfect vantage point for maximum enjoyment. Sometimes I'd rather just relax and enjoy a show than scribble on a notepad or twist myself into pretzel shapes to get a good snap.
* A seventeen-year-old gentleman of Burmese extraction named Sterling Morrison (II).
Since I wasn't able to capture any decent images of Matmos, here's a new remix:
More pics of Mouse on Mars and Horse Lords below.
Eilbacher, Sam Haberman, Owen Gardner, and Andrew Bernstein of Horse Lords
I'd seen Drew and Martin before when they played Seattle in support of Supreme Balloon. I'm not a big Triple Door fan—too skint for that joint—but their set was great. This one was, too, and I preferred seeing them in a rock and roll context, though their endlessly eclectic mix of audio stimuli could work in most any venue (the press notes accurately promised "doom metal, country, exotica, and noise").
The cyber-veins of Mouse on Mars
The primary difference this time came with the addition of two members from tasteful Maryland quartet Horse Lords, who fit right in. So, on top of the synths, samplers, balloons, bowls of water, and whatever else the two were banging away on—or blowing into—they had live drums, saxophone, guitar, and melodica. On their own, the improvisational, jazz-oriented Horse Lords were great, too.
I enjoyed Mouse on Mars' dancefloor-focused set, but if I'd had my druthers, I'd have left about three songs before they wrapped it up. By that point, I wasn't feeling it anymore. They kept the energy up from start to finish, and the crowd seemed sufficiently engaged, but the lack of live instrumentation grated after awhile. The German duo generate more than enough noise to render a full band unnecessary, but some percussive accompaniment would've gone a long way.
Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars
Matmos's The Marriage of True Minds is out now on Thrill Jockey. Upcoming tour dates: Feb 24 - Public Works in San Francisco, Feb 25 - Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA, Feb 28 - The ND in Austin, Mar 2 - Zanzabar in Louisville, and May 24 - Sonar Sao Paulo in Brazil. All dates, except Sao Paulo, with Horse Lords.