Other Lives w/ Mates of State, Yawn
Oct. 5, 2011
The band's music fuses the psychedelia of early Pink Floyd with Thom Yorke-esque vocals on a mellow-yet-intricate backdrop. They may have been sandwiched between the stale indie-pop of the appropriately named Yawn and the energetic indie-pop of headliner Mates of State, but Other Lives did enough to impress those in attendance at the Visulite Theatre on Oct. 5.
Other Lives presents its music in a format of atmospheric romps and textural journeys. There are some chords in there, but it’s not the typical verse-chorus-verse structure. The percussion would sometimes drive the song forward thanks to the presence of a timpani — that is, when the notes aren’t being teased by the cello or played with by acoustic guitar strums or keyboards.
On its sophomore album, Tamer Animals, the band’s music can be sleepy and scattershot at times, where live the intricacy of what they’re doing and the layering becomes more apparent. While one band member is playing trumpet and keyboards at the same time, another is sliding a bow across the guitar strings. There’s so much music going on that the lyrics are almost an after thought to the casual observer. The band uses brief harmonies as an instrument instead of complementing a storyteller’s voice.
Mates of State setlist
U R Free
Like U Crazy