A metric boatload of instrumental talent crammed itself into Schubas on Thursday when Philly spazz-popsters Jukebox The Ghost teamed up with Brooklyn's Elizabeth & The Catapult and Via Audio. RFC naturally came out to document the piano-pounding blowout with photos, available after the jump.
But first, a few observations:
1. Everybody in these bands can play their instruments really, really well. I mean, damn. Where did y'all meet, a hipster mixer at Juilliard? (Actually, Berklee College of Music, in the case of Elizabeth & The Catapult.) Doesn't necessarily mean they're better than other bands; they just play better.
2. Hardcore Jukebox The Ghost fans seem to skew barely post-pubescent. OH in the photo pit: "Oh my God. We're actually seeing Jukebox! Jukebox party at my place after Jukebox! (deep breath.) Oh my God." (Editor's note: As a 26 year old woman, I still act that way about Jukebox. What can I say? That Tommy Siegel makes me swoon-ometer go to 'full swoon'.)
3. Elizabeth & The Catapult stripped down for a duet with guitarist Pete Lalish, and singer Elizabeth Ziman absolutely slayed the harmony lines. Two voices making frantic love and then spooning so close they almost melt into each other before passing out from exhaustion — only I didn't love the song itself, so maybe imagine the voices making love in a position you don't like. Oh well, still hot. Respect for the vocal tightrope walk nonetheless — until now, I thought Fleet Foxes could kill it on the mic.
4. Covers are good, covers are grand, but covers can be a dangerous game. Jukebox The Ghost packed every musician in the house onstage and channeled a wellspring of chops for an impeccable rave-up on The Cure's "Close to Me" towards the end of their set. The song killed, but you run a certain risk when you pick a tune that sorta blows your original material out of the water. Imagine you're spending a fine day out at a Triple-A ball game when someone decides to replace the seventh inning with a clip of the MLB World Series on the JumboTron. You get the idea.
Still, good times for all and the fans seemed to eat up the sold-out gig. Click to the full article and check out the whole photo gallery in larger size.