BRAIDS at The Sail In, (9/30/11)
Tedd Roundy

BRAIDS at The Sail In, (9/30/11)

BRAIDS The Sail Inn Friday, September 30, 2011

The thing most interesting about BRAIDS is the band's ability to create elegant, intricate post-rock without coming off as overtly eccentric. There's a reason why they engage in a side-stage group-hug before hoping on stage. Crafting music as delicate as theirs requires them to be on the same sonic sound-wave, being able to completely feed of each other.

Friday night's performance showed their ability to create a cerebral, surreal sound -- manipulating their layered composition and building a prodding wall of sound. It was magnificent.

BRAIDS at The Sail In, (9/30/11)
Tedd Roundy

The atmosphere Friday night was an odd mix of eagerness and the overwhelming irritation of not being able to block the sound of Blink-182's "Rock Show" floating from across the lake.

There was a slight feeling of nostalgia after hearing the sounds of Fall Frenzy, and the pleasant dream-pop sounds of openers, Factories (formerly Underwater Getdown) & San Francisco's Painted Palms still sounded great, despite the sonic distraction.

Compared to their show less than a year ago, at this same venue, BRAIDS seems to have progressively built a solid fan base. Perhaps it's the seductively sweet vocals of singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston , or maybe the band's sound has managed to draw some fans from the Animal Collectivecamp.

The band makes complex music, but somehow they were able to remain comfortably playful, coalescing in a progressively advanced string of interwoven guitar loops, heavy synths, and illustrious arrangements.

Even more entertaining, was the crowd's interpretation of their music -- it's not everyday you get to see a gang of slightly drunk hipsters trying to mimic a three minute loop of "oohs and ahhs" -- a gesture that seemed to create a playful dynamic within the crowd.

There's always a certain apathetic intensity of a typical Tempe crowd, but the playfulness of the attendees last night made the music that much more appealing.

It's always such a thrill to watch the member's of BRAIDS bring their experimental jam session to life at their always entertaining shows - as shrill and intense as their music might be, their ability to effortlessly portray it's innate vulnerability is what makes them such a unique and decidedly fantastic band to watch.

Setlist: Deep Running Glass Deers Candy Spills Lemonade Plath Heart Victoria In Kind

Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: BRAIDS at the Sail Inn

The Crowd:Typical Friday night hipsters.

Overheard:"Don't stop braiding!"

Personal Bias: I freaking love BRAIDS!

Random Notebook Dump:The outdoor stage is beautiful, agreed. But having a show outside, especially while the noise from Fall Frenzy blared across the lake was probably not the best idea.

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