[Photo by Ken Grand-Pierre. See his Flickr stream here]
Food Will Win the War may have been opening for the Lemonheads on this night, but they put a headliner-level of intensity into their set of acoustic folk-rock, and were rewarded with a mostly full house to do it. They are one of those big, “musical” bands that puts thought as well as energy into their performances, using their fairly large (six) number of players and diverse instrumentation to produce finely-honed, thoughtful arrangements. Yes, as rock music goes, they are about the furthest possible thing from “garage” as possible – and more power to them.
Luckily, FWWTW got the memo early on that being real students of music and having musical talent are not enough; they also know that performing and having great songs is essential. Frontman Rob Ward is not only a good lyricist but a good-humored and entertaining bandleader, and his bandmates follow suit. Their new record, A False Sense of Warmth, contains plenty of memorable tunes, many of which were played during this set. (including two of my favorites, “Shatter Today” and “Closer To Water”) The band also served up a judiciously-chosen cover in Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”, which they delivered with their own stylistic twist.
The band will be gigging outside of NYC for their next few dates – February 15, at the Northern Liberties Festival in Philadelphia; March 30th, at the Nowadays Indie Music Festival in Bethlehem, PA; and April 28th at ChesterFest at Chester College in Chester, NH – but expect to see them back in town for the summer.
I recorded this set in the same manner as the Lemonheads recording, with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and an excellent soundboard feed. The quality is outstanding. Enjoy!
Stream “Shatter Today”:
Stream “Sledgehammer [Peter Gabriel]”:
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Food Will Win the War
Brooklyn, NY USA
Recorded and produced by acidjack
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Schoeps MK22 (ROC, DIN)>KCY>littlebox + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )
02 Clock All Day
03 Shatter Today
04 Big Yellow
05 Sledgehammer [Peter Gabriel]
08 The Astronaut Song
10 Closer to Water
11 Chester Street
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