Islands, Steel Phantoms, Active Child | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
This is a past event.

Islands, Steel Phantoms, Active Child 

When: Fri., July 2, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $10–$12

The pan-everything pop of Islands was once playful and blithe, brimming with the same energy that made the band's old mainland, Unicorns, so appealing. But the Montreal big band's only grown overstuffed, overly stiff and incredibly awkward throughout its three LPs, turning its songs into willful, forced attempts at integration. Brooklyn's Steel Phantoms, on the other hand, are forgettable for their elemental, limp indie rock. Their tunes occasionally twist and turn like an art project, though, in the end, it feels just like another act rolling down the interstate. Active Child, the first of three bands here, is worth all of your attention tonight: Los Angeles choir veteran Pat Grossi has an arresting falsetto that he lifts and bends over beats that skitter and crush—think Phil Collins drum pads, awash in glitch and synthesizer and graced by Grossi's textural harp runs. His proper debut, the Curtis Lane EP, is one of the year's essentials. Bigger stages await. —Grayson Currin

Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation