13 December, 2011

Christmas Island show review and live recording from 12/10/11

Courtesy of the great and highly supportive Little More Than a Big Crashing Beat, who wrote a nice review and posted a download link to our show this past weekend:

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Christmas Island - Tin Can Alehouse, San Diego 10th December 2011

Local outfit Christmas Island have been kicking around the lo-fi end of the indie scene now for a while and any band that lists Tronics, Urinals, Television Personalities, the Clean, Versatile Newts and The Fall as influences, as they do on their Facebook page, has got to be worth paying some attention to in my book. Their high point in terms of studio releases was their outstanding debut LP on In the Red Records from a couple of years ago 'Blackout Summer', but things were relatively low key after that initial burst of activity with the exception of a split double 7" with Meth Teeth on Sacred Bones. More recently they have released a new set of songs on the Poisoner 12" on the excellent Volar records, which since they are fans of The Fall, I suggest lazy journalists and bloggers everywhere should refer to as 'a return to form'.
At the weekend they came out for a show at the Tin Can with Plateaus (see earlier post) and brought along a new bass player. Having started life in their early days as a 2-piece, the gradual expansion to 4 gives them the chance to flesh out their live sound with a bit more depth but without ditching any of the simple rustic-but-melodic-pop approach that they favour. Again, I was impressed with the nice balance of the set that seemed to feature a number of newer tunes, although we could have done without the constant shouts for 'Doing Swell' from the crowd, some of them into the singer's microphone which should always be unacceptable even if it was a birthday party! I personally would have quite liked another couple of songs to finish the night off, but they will have to save them for me for next time.

Christmas Island

Tin Can Alehouse, San Diego, CA
Saturday 10th December 2011

AUD: SP-CMC-8 > SP-SBSB-11 (69Hz r/o) > Edirol R-09 (24 bit/48Hz) > Audacity
(downsampling/editing)

Set [26.24]

1. I Don't Care
2. Haunted House
3. ?
4. Poisoner
5. Wendy Jean
6. Nineteen
7. Twenty-nine
8. Blackout Summer

Download : Christmas Island at the Tin Can Dec 2011

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