Review and photos by Mary Rehak.
There were only two bands on the bill for the evening, which was a little odd. Arp joined Caribou for the tour just in time for Austin, playing atmospheric, ambient noise. Have you heard local one-man project Silent Land Time Machine? Arp is reminiscent of that, with samples, prerecorded loops, occasional guitar, laptop (for
projections), and the ever-present moog. He didn’t exactly mesh with Caribou’s sound, but then, the crowd wasn’t there for him any way.
Caribou is a band that people obsess over. It features frontman/drummer Dan Snaith who, like Matt Barrick from The Walkmen, plays with a mathematical precision that is astounding live. Tracks that were fluid and slinky on the album transformed into irresistible dance beats at a show, and the driving, pulsing beat of the drums dominated.
During the show, I tapped out a few incoherent words into my phone that were supposed to jog my memory for this review. Reading them after, they largely consisted of “impeccable,” “euphoric” and every synonym for happy I could remember at the time. They were all in caps.
After the show, a complete stranger and I grinned at each other and briefly talked about the amazing experience we just had, and then hugged. Hugged! Take this anecdote of the glee generated by Caribou as
a cast-iron recommendation: see them any and every chance available. They are amazingly fun.
Caribou and Arp performed at La Zona Rosa on Oct. 14 in Austin.