Influenced by Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, Ben Duffy (vocals), Ross Duffy (guitar), Daniel Soler (bass and keys) and Andrew Lindsay (percussion) formed the English electropop band Fenech-Soler more than 10 years ago, making music in the vein of Klaxons, Two Door Cinema Club and Friendly Fires. They’ve already released two full-lengths, including 2013’s Rituals (stream it below). And while Soler and Lindsay have since amicably departed, the band continues on with the Duffy brothers, releasing the EP Kaleidoscope (stream it below), with “a slick new synthpop sound,” last year. A third long-player, Zilla, comes out next week, but you won’t have to wait that long to hear new tunes from Fenech-Soler (above, performng “Kaleidoscope” live) because they play Mercury Lounge tonight. Brooklyn’s Glassio open the show.
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Bombay Bicycle Club – Webster Hall – July 30, 2012
The London-based lads of Bombay Bicycle Club hit the stage of Webster Hall last night. Playing from their latest album, A Different Kind of Fix, they began with “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep.” Lead singer Jack Steadman raised his arms while singing, “Can I wake you up.” The cheering crowd was undoubtedly ready for the evening to begin, clapping along to “Your Eyes,” a dance-y number reminiscent of something by Friendly Fires. Treating fans to their back catalog, Bombay Bicycle Club played “Dust on the Ground,” from their debut album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, and “Open House,” off the EP The Boy I Used to Be.
From old to new, the band introduced new material with Amber Wilson’s ethereal vocals opening the track and Steadman coming in midway with a snappy snare. In a recent interview with NME, he said of their new music: “There’s a sense of longing in it, and musically it’s very sample based.” The gang was in high spirits as they barreled into “Ivy and Gold.” Guitarist Jamie MacColl and bassist Ed Nash even linked arms and did a do-si-do while drummer Suren de Saram pounded the skins at a feverish pace. Steadman and MacColl then offered assistance, holding up a snare for de Saram.
As the crowd excitedly sang along to the chorus of “Evening/Morning,” the room filled with an echo of “I’m ready to owe you anything.” Steadman exclaimed how great it was to be in New York City and shared that they went to see a Yankees game but didn’t know what was happening. The boys were taking NYC by storm as they revealed they would be doing a DJ set post-show. The encore included crowd-favorite “Shuffle,” another new song and “What If.” Needless to say, fans were thoroughly satisfied with this gold-medal performance. —Sharlene Chiu
(Want more Bombay Bicycle Club? Watch them perform “Shuffle” and discuss where they get their inspiration and what’s next for them for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.)
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Friendly Fires just released a new album, Pala, and they play Webster Hall tomorrow night. The show is sold out but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Friendly Fires, 5/25) and a brief message telling us why seeing this show would be better than your Memorial Day weekend plans. Eddie Bruiser, who’s got some pretty stellar weekend festivities scheduled, will notify the winner tomorrow.
Friendly Fires – Webster Hall – December 5, 2009
I will cop to the following assumptions about Saturday’s Friendly Fires show at Webster Hall: 1. It would not sell out. 2. Friendly Fires would be great but people wouldn’t get it. 3. I would struggle with a show that, truthfully, wasn’t great. I thought these things just before 8 p.m. But by 10:30, those thoughts had been destroyed, exploded and rebuilt in a new image like a forgotten sports arena and its new, improved replacement.
Webster Hall was packed the way it gets when everyone who’d bought tickets actually shows up and wants to be close to the stage. Not every band creates this buzz—the sense that something incredible might happen. Just two hours before the show, I discussed my theory that nothing exciting happens in big venues because of their size and sterility. But then the energy in the room was almost suffocating. So I edit: Nothing exciting happens in big venues until it does. And then, bluntly: It is on.
Friendly Fires crushed the crowd from the outset. Opening with “Lovesick” and playing “Skeleton Boy” third, it was clear they would hold nothing back. Lead singer Ed McFarlane, a shivering, shaking explosion of energy never let up, imploring us to “Dance, people.” The set’s second half threw the pedal to the floor, rolling through “Photobooth” and “On Board” (maybe the most frenetic moment of the night) and closing with the anthemic “Paris.” The band received a well-earned slow-clap encore and returned to play “Ex Lover.” The “You’re all I need” chorus echoed through the hall and I realized I had been more than wrong. The band was a monolith of sound proving that when the walls and floor shake, it means you’re being broken down only to be rebuilt. —Geoff Nelson
In 2005, four schoolmates—Romy Madley Croft (vocals and guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals and bass) and Jamie Smith (beats and samples)—who shared a similar taste in music, from the Cure to the Pixies to Missy Elliott, joined together to form the XX. The band’s self-titled debut, marked by quiet vocal duets and an efficient use of samples, came out earlier this year to much acclaim. Last month, Qureshi left the band, citing exhaustion. But the show must go on, so the XX continues as a trio. They open for Friendly Fires this Saturday at Webster Hall, but that show is sold out (although you can try to Grow a Pair of free tickets). Fortunately, the XX will be back on April 22nd at Terminal 5. Check them out, above, playing “Night Time” on Later…with Jools Holland.
It’s December, which means the holiday season is officially in full swing. You want to go out this Saturday, and, yet, you didn’t have the foresight to buy tickets to Friendly Fires’ show on Saturday at Webster Hall. Well, guess what: Now it’s sold out. But since the holidays are about giving, you can try to Grow a Pair because The House List has a two tickets up for grabs. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Friendly Fires, 12/5) and a brief message telling us what your drink of choice was to get through Thanksgiving weekend with your family. Eddie Bruiser, a brown-liquor fan, will notify the winner by noon on Friday. Good luck.