FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016|
Posted by: Don Saas
Stuck in the heart of the Village, Le Poisson Rouge has been a stomping ground for particularly hip NYU students for ages. And that's great. Even when the audience doesn't necessarily know a band's music, they're getting a show from great local and national acts. But sometimes those NYU crowds can be...well, they can be college students. They can be loud and boisterous and disruptive, and although Young Galaxy put on a fascinating, bordering on performance art show at the Bleecker St. concert mainstay, I was also reminded that I can only handle being around so many twenty year olds on a Thursday night.
That shouldn't reflect poorly on Young Galaxy who have their particular brand of dream pop/synth pop hybrid on lock. The Arts & Crafts band (second favorite record label name behind Secretly Canadian) released their fifth studio LP, Falsework, lasts year, and it leaned heavily into New Order-esque layers of danceable synths with just a touch of The Postal Service. The band are veterans at this point, and it shows in their live performance which nails the almost mathematical precision of their latest synth-driven tunes while also finding rooms for precisely choreographed avant-dance maneuvers.
Vocalist Catherine McCandless has a commanding presence on stage. She came out in one of those white cloth shirts that look like something you wear if you're an extra in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and an intense stare almost never left her face. Although the band's synth grooves anchored the performance, it was difficult to wrest your eyes away from McCandless who was inhibiting some sort of possessed siren of post-punk feminist intensity with her stage persona (and the Rhythm Nation dance moves).