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- Posted on Jun 18th 2010 3:45PM by Jonathan Dekel
Running through a set which highlighted their musical dexterity in both sonic exploration and danceable white noise, the group's crossover potential was most evident in the surprisingly melodic vocals of singer Benjamin Jared Miller. Also benefiting from the live experience are the songs themselves, which can sometimes seem muted on record by comparison. Thus songs such as danceable single 'Die Slowly' -- whose opening chainsaw keyboard sequence elicited the night's biggest cheer -- emerged as miniature noise rock euphonies, with the band moulding a sonic landscape around the melodic interplay of voice and instrument.
Adding a celebratory element to the evening was the news that the Los Angeles-based band's hometown Lakers had defeated the Boston Celtics to capture the NBA championship. Announcing the win from the stage, Miller exclaimed his hometown pride while his bandmates flashed LA hand signs to show their support.