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Further Seems Forever / Hostage Calm: live in Cambridgelive in Cambridge (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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Days before Nemo was set to cover the northeast U.S., Further Seems Forever made their long-awaited return to Boston after abruptly cancelling a show here in November with no explanation as to why. Honestly, though, the hype seemed dulled: It seemed like attendance would be lacking, with the show no.
Days before Nemo was set to cover the northeast U.S., Further Seems Forever made their long-awaited return to Boston after abruptly cancelling a show here in November with no explanation as to why. Honestly, though, the hype seemed dulled: It seemed like attendance would be lacking, with the show now at the Sinclair, which fits 525, opposed to the roughly 1,000-cap Royale. Still, for those actually there (largely a late 20s/early 30s crowd, naturally), there seemed to be contented excitement.
Further Seems Forever's set had an extraordinarily laid-back vibe. That's not to say it was bad—far from it. The venue was a little more impressively filled-out by this point, but nobody seemed to expect a rock-star show. There were some sloppy points in the performance to be sure, but when they were on, they were on ("Monachetti", "Way Down"), frontman Chris Carrabba straining impressively during more challenging fare (i.e. the latter-day Taking Back Sunday-ish "Rescue Strained"). It was just a less-rehearsed, loose feel, without any aggrandizing, over-the-top motions or crazy light shows or artwork backdrops. Hell, Carrabba seemed to spend half the set toweling sweat pools off the stage. One of the guitarists' cables cut out at one point, and the singer himself momentarily disappeared backstage to get a replacement. A likely humbling move for a dude that once headlined Madison Square Garden (before "So Cold," bassist/vocalist Chad Neptune gave a shoutout to historical Boston hardcore acts Slapshot, SSD and DYS, expanding ever more the metaphorical gulf between the arenas Carrabba played a decade ago and his/his band's lower-key punk roots). This wasn't a house show or anything, but the vibe was definitely easygoing.
I'd consider myself a pretty typical FSF fan, and in that sense, the set list was almost ideal: the entirety of their best record, 2001's The Moon Is Down, half of their new album, and the band's best non-Carrabba fronted song ("The Sound," from 2003's still-pretty-good How To Start A Fire), plus an early cut. (If they wanted to play more from Fire, or try something from 2004's oft-neglected Hide Nothing, that would have been cool too, but 18 songs seemed plenty.)
Set list (9:21-10:32):
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