Backwords, of Brooklyn, are one of those bands that manages to sound classic and completely new at the same time. Some of their tunes fall solidly in the gentler folk camp; at other times they can get psychedelic and jammy. This opening set at Glasslands showed off both sides, with their approachable, melodic material, mostly from their current record By the Neck, predominating. The band maintained an upbeat, easygoing vibe for the crowd of friends and fans that showed up early to catch their set. I was partial to “Last One”, which drew more from the band’s ’60s pop-folk influences. They closed on an especially strong note, with the jammy “Way Around” that gave them a chance to show off their chops on guitar and bass. The band’s next shows will be down south, but be on the lookout for them when they next play New York.
Thanks to Jeff Kilgour and Tijuana Gift Shop for inviting us to the show.
I recorded this set with AKG large-diaphragm mics that melded well with the band’s classic sound. The vocals are occasionally a tad high in the house mix for my taste, but overall it is an excellent representation of the night. Enjoy!
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AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardioid) + Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, EQ, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC Level 8
01 Anywhere Now
02 Best Kind
03 Naked Flame
04 Last One
05 Break My Spine
06 Rhythm and the Rain
07 Way Around