A Night of Dreamy Music

July 1st, 2009

As Tall as Lions – The Bowery Ballroom – June 30, 2009

As Tall as Lions - The Bowery Ballroom - June 30, 2009
If you’re looking for a break from the barrage of pop-punk coming out of Long Island, look no further than As Tall as Lions. Last night the band put on an impressive show with their ethereal rock in front of a sold-out crowd at The Bowery Ballroom. Their hour-plus set consisted of songs off of their new CD, You Can’t Take It With You (coming out in August), and a healthy dose of their most recent EP, Into the Flood, and their last LP, As Tall as Lions, released three summers ago. The songs from their newest releases are articulately beautiful—the new track and set-starter, “Circles,” echoed heavily of Broken Social Scene.

While the fans enjoyed the newer music (even singing along on well-traveled tracks like “Go Easy”), they were thrilled as most of the highlights from the self-titled LP were played. “Ghost of York” had the whole floor shaking, and during “Be Here Now” the crowd tried desperately to match the highest highs of lead singer Dan Nigro’s range. His voice alone is worth the price of admission: His pipes carry so much power he would have every right to be in an ’80s hair band.

Behind his unique voice, though, is an incredibly talented group of musicians and performers. The performance aspect of As Tall as Lions’ four static members was never lost even as the band expanded to as many as 10 people at times during the set. Bassist Julio Tavarez put on a veritable Tae Bo act during each song, guitarist Saen Fitzgerald quickly plucked away one brilliant lead riff after another and drummer Cliff Sarcona kept everyone on their toes with wildly syncopated beats. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |