I hadn't paid much attention to Tapes 'n Tapes over the last couple years, but a friend highly recommended their show coming up at the Grog Shop. As I often do, I checked out the openers. I'd heard of Oberhofer, but did quite a bit more exploration of their sound - as well as the new Tapes 'n Tapes album.
The more I listed to Oberhofer, the more I really liked them. Like, liked them more than usual. They have a quirky and dynamic sound, with some of the muddled low-fi indie rock hooks. I knew I had to see these guys.
Oberhofer took the stage (after an imbibed Filmstrip performance), and I couldn't have been happier. There was a decent crowd and I had a great spot (and thankfully, ear plugs). It was everything I was hoping for, and I was left wondering how Tapes 'n Tapes would top that. And by the way, it's not only me who likes them live... "The live band is not only able to do his songs justice, but they add an even higher intensity than the recorded versions” (New York Times). See for yourself...
Tapes 'n Tapes were up next. Total good vibe from these guys... They were having fun and playing some great songs. They even hit a couple that I liked (see below). I wasn't quite as blown away as I was with Oberhofer, but granted, they got more ear-time then did TnT. I did glance back and see some guys singing their hearts out to these songs. They were that type of band.