Wilderness : Northsix

Posted on Thursday 13 April 2006

I’ve now seen Wilderness play four times since last fall. I’d have to say that those shows are in the top five of shows I’ve seen over that time period. Obviously, last night at Northsix was no exception. They were playing their first headlining show in NYC at a venue that wasn’t in a basement with 8′ high ceilings (sorry Scenic & Cake Shop). The band has just come off its first European tour and last night was a one-off show in Brooklyn before heading out stateside with labelmates Parts & Labor. They are touring in support of their brilliant sophomore record Vessel States. The band relied heavily on material from the record, and if there was any downside to the show, it was that they only played a couple of songs from their s/t debut, playing Arkless, and then closing their set with End of Freedom.

Even in their earliest shows I felt the band played extremely well together, and sounded rehearsed beyond their short career. The recent touring has, if anything, loosened the band up a bit. They definitely have more confidence on stage, allowing the music to spill out of them. Guitarist Colin McCann’s improvised guitar playing gave a new dynamicism to the recorded material. Despite, releasing two brilliant albums in a years time, the band also played two unreleased tracks that were as moving as any of their existing songs. At least one of the songs is on their tour-only Living Through/Part Ways 7″ that I picked up after the show. It just shows that these guys have a tremendous upside. I feel this band has something very special. A lot has been written about comparisons to PIL and Joy Division, but I feel that while there may be influences and similarities, these guys truly transcend the works of those bands and have made an art all their own.

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7 Comments for 'Wilderness : Northsix'

  1.  
    14 April 2006 | 2:05 am
     

    man you’re building me up too much! they play here at the end of the month. i can’t wait, although i hope they play some of the older tracks since they haven’t been out here in forever. (they’re spoiling you over on the east coast).

    how are the new tracks? you should post one…

  2.  
    14 April 2006 | 10:31 am
     

    looks like the new record got reviewed by my least favorite pitchfork writer today.

  3.  
    14 April 2006 | 10:44 am
     

    yeah, i love these guys. i thought the pitchfork review was, well, a point of view. i think calling the music derivative is about as weak a stance as saying interpol sounds like joy division. i don’t expect their stuff to be universally accepted. all i know is i get it. seeing these guys play for me is a much stronger experience than on record. one of the new tracks is really good. i would have to figure a way how to take it from vinyl to mp3 though, so don’t hold your breath.

  4.  
    14 April 2006 | 12:47 pm
     

    i didn’t have a response to this review really, but mr. howe missed the point on clap your hands just as he did on two gallants. i’m not going to waste my time going through all of his reviews, but i’ve noticed a string of poor writings from him.

    i think his reviews are derivative of other mediocre reviews.

  5.  
    14 April 2006 | 1:25 pm
     

    maybe we should give reviews of the pitchfork reviewers. 10 point system. I’m actually surprised Schreiber didn’t review that record, as I thought they were one of his pets.

  6.  
    4 April 2010 | 4:00 pm
     

    [...] (NYC) 01. Wilderness : Northsix : 12 April 02. Cold War Kids : Mercury Lounge : 28 July 03. Wilderness : Cake Shop : 18 January 04. Sunset [...]

  7.  
    4 April 2010 | 4:34 pm
     

    [...] don’t really know how to help you. Forget comparisons, they are unlike anyone else out there. My least favorite music reviewer’s assesment of Vessel States mischaracterized this uniqueness in comparisons to PIL, Fugazi [...]

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