American Analog Set / Headphones - live in Philadelphia (Cover Artwork)

American Analog Set / Headphones

American Analog Set / Headphones: live in Philadelphialive in Philadelphia (2005)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 3
User Rating:

Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
(others by this writer | submit your own)

I arrived at the Kyhber a little late for the show, but the first opener hadn't even started their set. As people filled into the cramped and graffiti-laden room where the stage was, I headed to the bar for a couple of beers. Bottom of the Hudson took the stage and proceeded to go through the typ.

I arrived at the Kyhber a little late for the show, but the first opener hadn't even started their set. As people filled into the cramped and graffiti-laden room where the stage was, I headed to the bar for a couple of beers.

Bottom of the Hudson took the stage and proceeded to go through the typical setup routine (random guitar lick, chord with distortion, chord without, random bass notes) before rocking through a decent set.

What was the band like? The easy answer is an indie band not doing much to bump them up from that opening slot to headliner. The music snob answer is that they mixed elements of `90s Chapel Hill indie acts like Archers of Loaf with the contemporary retro pop of a band like the Shout Out Louds.

It wasn't a bad set, but the band's actions just seemed a bit too contrived. The room was hot, but the bass player stayed in full winter gala, including a knit hat, vest, and hood while he performed with his back to the audience, as if trying to build some sort of mystique. Then after the singer had announced it was the band's last song, the guitarist lit up a cigarette and let it dangle from his mouth in his best "too cool for school" pose, acting nonchalant as he let the tip burn down and come dangerously close to falling on his guitar.

Alright, so let's get to the picture. If you are not already aware, that devil horn-throwing gent is Horatio Sanz of "SNL" fame. So why do I have a picture of him? Well, towards the end of Bottom of the Hudson's set he entered the room and walked by me. I turned to my friend and said jokingly, "Look it's Horatio Sanz," to which he responded, "No, it really is Horatio Sanz."

So you may still be asking, "Why the fucking picture?" Am I trying to say his presence in the crowd was the most exciting thing about the show? Did he get up on stage and entertain us concertgoers? Or maybe there is a twist coming up later in my review that will reveal the importance of his attendance? Well, no, no and sadly, no. I just thought the picture was funny.

So Bottom of the Hudson finished up, I cut out for a couple more beers in the upstairs bar and then Headphones took the stage. I don't know what the Headphones setup is usually like, but in Philly it was merely David Bazan of Pedro the Lion on keyboard and Nick Peterson on drums. Bazan had the same haunting command of the audience I had seen him display at a Pedro show and the two-instrument approach sounded surprisingly full on most of the songs. Between numbers Bazan talked much less than he does at gigs for his other band, but did stop to answer someone's inquiry concerning the whereabouts of Pedro partner in crime T.W., saying that "He is at home probably tucking in his two little boys." Aw, shucks.

After a relatively short set, Bazan and Peterson left the stage, and yes, I had another beer. Then American Analog Set broke out their instruments.

Confession time. Besides the occasional track I'd hear a roommate rocking, my only knowledge of American Analog Set's music was front-man Andrew Kenny's contributions to The Home Split Series Vol. 5. So, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for, but was pretty happy with the results.

Besides a buzzing coming from one of the amps, the sound was great. The band played hushed grooves full of echoey guitar lines, warm keys, nicely complimentary vibraphone, and some amazing rhythm. At points they gave off a Low Level Owl vibe, but mostly it was a whispery pop affair. So I ended up liking their sound, but their awkward white boy dancing and Kenney's back and forth head motion weren't very captivating. I was left feeling like I needed to pick up one of their albums, but maybe pass the next time they came through Philly.

Before leaving I took the photo of Horatio Sanz, telling him my plan to have it run with my review. He wanted his newly purchased Headphones tee in the shot and then proceeded to awe me with his genius pose. I thanked him and he told me to make sure I gave Headphones a positive review.

Hope the above will do buddy.


People who liked this also liked:
American Football - American FootballAmerican Steel - Destroy Their FutureAmerican Steel - Jagged ThoughtsAmerica Is Waiting - In the Lines [reissue]American Hi-Fi - Hearts On ParadeAmerican Heritage - Through the Age of Quarrel andAll-American Rejects - All-American RejectsAll-American Rejects - Move AlongAll-American Rejects - Live From Oklahoma... The Too Bad For Hell DVDJohnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
etwiels88 (November 22, 2005)

the shai hulud of indie

sethcohen (November 22, 2005)

Aren't breaking up, just aren't touring

etwiels88 (November 22, 2005)

I just recently started getting into them and I'm pretty sure I would like the albums better than the live show like the review said

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

i saw their show in toronto too, i'm pretty sure that they're not breaking up though. i think it had to do with touring issues, but those issues are now settled, i believe. i could be wrong, either way...this band rules and horatio sanz at this show is fucking incredible.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Horatio Fucking Sanz.



Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

I recommend AAS' "Know By Heart", especially the last song.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Score (or lack thereof) is for continually referring to David Bazan as David Banzan.

LevitateMe (November 22, 2005)

It's too bad that they're breaking up. I saw thier last show in Toronto.

inagreendase (November 22, 2005)

I wonder if Horatio hangs out with Fred Armisen often...

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Hahahah best picture ever

Who knew Horatio Sanz was indie?

Exclusive Streams


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Managing Editor

Adam White

Contributing Editors

Kira Wisniewski Brittany Strummer Armando Olivas John Flynn Chris Moran John Gentile Mark Little

Copy Editor

Adam Eisenberg Britt Reiser

Podcast Producer

Greg Simpson


Aubin Paul

ISSN 1710-5366

© Copyright 1999-2013 Punknews.org

Terms of Use Privacy Policy Contact Us About Punknews.org

Other Places to Go