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Erik Blood with the QueenS THEESatisfaction
Erik Blood

Thurs, Aug 9th, 2012

The Crocodile

Some artists, you have to see the live show to understand

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Erik Blood's Phenomenal Porn Opus Touch Screens in the Flesh at the Croc

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Erik Blood with the QueenS THEESatisfaction
Erik Blood

Thurs, Aug 9th, 2012

The Crocodile

Some artists, you have to see the live show to understand them on album; for others, the live show is a faithful reproduction of the record, but not really necessary to get it. I'd put Erik Blood somewhere in between. You certainly didn't need to see him live last night to dig his outstanding new album Touch Screens (reviewed here for Reverb Monthly), but if you skipped last night's show, you missed considerably more than a rote run through the album.

Blood played with seven-piece band--himself on vocals, guitar, and Moog, as well as two other electric guitarists and one acoustic, plus bassist, drummer, and another keyboardist--and when they hit the songs' rockier patches, they were able to tear them into some pretty massive maelstroms. So too were they able to dig deep into the motorik-pop grooves of songs like "Today's Lover," which was accompanied by trippy, porny video projections. "I know I have a lot of people onstage, and they're all lovely," Blood said at one point, by way of introducing yet two more people: Cat and Stasia of THEESatisfaction, who joined their recent producer for one song, sadly not to drop verses or vocals (although maybe on a remix sometime?) but rather to provide some backup dancing to Blood's already confident and sinuous twisting.

You also may have missed some pretty quality banter. Blood introduced "Phenominal Pornography" by saying, "I can't help but want to do 'This is the first song off our new album,'" in the style of Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan. He dedicated "some older stuff" to "the gays": "Where are the gays?" (Big cheers.) "What are we gonna do this year? We're gonna legalize our right to get married. YES ON I-74!!" He was good with the fans: at one point, he knelt down to have an off-mic conversation with a pair of girls in the front row; at another, after announcing that he'd knocked over his drink, two separate people brought him shots. Finally, he introduced their last song, "This is a very little known cover. It's very obscure." It was "Borderline" by Madonna, which the band flipped into a hypnotic sort of surf drone shoegaze number, the guitars riffing at double-time while the drums played at half, making for a neatly disorienting effect.

So, did you need to see Erik Blood last night--to understand Touch Screens or otherwise? No. (Although if you missed the fact that the album is a weirdly dreamy paean to pornography, he did mention it again last night.) But Blood is at the height of his long-running game with this album, his band is on-point, and if you don't see them right now, you're sorely missing out. Seriously: go buy this album, go see this band.

 
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