On the way home from seeing Cut Copy, I noticed two guys sitting across from me waiting for the L train to pull out of the 8th Avenue station (8th Ave is the first/last stop on the L subway line.) One of the guys had a Cut Copy tee shirt hanging from his waist. Assuming they had seen the show, I asked them if they enjoyed it. The guy without the tee, said the show was great and the guy with the tee smiled. I then asked what they thought of Midnight Magic. One guy said he really liked them but the smilie guy gave me that attitude my gay brothers often have that makes me want to punch them in the face. With an expression like he had gas and was farting at that very moment, he said that he liked Holy Ghost, who had opened for the previous two Cut Copy shows and that I should check them out online. End of conversation - I gave a false smile and thanked him for the tip.
In February, I went to see Friendly Fires at Bowery Ballroom. I found the program for Friday night's Holy Ghost show paralleled that show. Both shows opened up with a DJ and then the duo, The Hundred In The Hands. At least this time around the DJ, Blu Jemz, was on stage. For the Friendly Fires show, the DJ was set up in the balcony. For most of Friday's show, and especially through Blu Jemz set the room was really really dark. Our eyes eventually adjusted but me and my friend Jan were not fond of walking around upstairs in the dark.
Blu Jemz set consisted of mostly of music by contemporary dance bands and remixes of 80's records. The early part of his set consisted of Kraftwerk's "The Model" which eventually went into a song that had beats reminiscent of Loose Ends "Hangin on a String." (All you have to do is hear 5 seconds of the song and you know exactly what I'm talking about - it was incorporated into a gazillion R&B songs in the 80´s & 90´s.) There were quite a few recordings I was unfamiliar with but one I definitely loved was a remake of Donna Summer's "Sunset People" by a male vocalist with an added rap.
Some of the remixes and songs Blue Jemz played by his contemporaries (that I recognized) were "Hearts on Fire" and "Take Me Over" by Cut Copy, "You Put A Smell On Me" by Matthew Dear, "I Want Somebody to Love Me" by Mark Ronson and "Beam Me Up" by Midnight Magic. At 9:30 two guys came on stage and moved Jemz´ DJ setup off to the side, so they could put things in place for The Hundred In the Hands. The duo started at 9:45 directly after the last song of Blu Jemz set.
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
The Hundred in the Hands were definitely just as loud and basically did the same set as when I saw them open up for Friendly Fires. Therefore there's not much more to tell, especially since the last time I saw them was only two months ago. Their set seemed to go by as quickly as the last time but this time it felt a bit tighter. Jason Friedman's guitar work seemed to break through the duo's own reverberant sound with clarity more than last time. It may or may not be the difference in venue, but even some of the sequenced bass lines and drum parts seemed crisper.
As I did the last time I saw them, I feelThe Hundred in the Hands have a vibrant and unique sound worth hearing. And although the audience on Friday night loved them, I don't think they are being paired with the right bands. Both Friendly Fires and Holy Ghost are great bands, yet they are both very funk and dance oriented. I would like to see The Hundred in the Hands with bands that I consider a little darker like Little Dragon, The Antlers and maybe even Young Galaxy.
TheHundred In The Hands are:
Eleanore Everdell (vocals, synthesizers)
Jason Friedman (guitars, programming).
The Hundred In The Hands set list
1. Love Sick (Once Again)
1. Love Sick (Once Again)
5. You Aren't Younng
Holy Ghost walked on stage at exactly 10:49 to a cheering audience that was totally ready for their set. As the opening keyboard strains of "Say My Name" played, lead vocalist
Holy Set List
1. Say My Name
2. It's Not Over
3. Hold My Breath
4. Wait & See
5. Slow Motion
6. Do It Again
7. Hold On
8. On Board - Friendly Fires Cover
9. I Will Come Back
10. Jam For Jerry
11. Static On The Wire
Holy Ghost are: