Every CMJ I witness at least one band that is under the assumption that this is their big break and therefore performing with a tuned blasé rock posturing meant to endear them to that one label-head in the audience. Friendly Fires came across as such wankers I didn’t bother recording them. I think they would have saved themselves and the audience a lot of trouble by just repeating: “We are the next Vampire Weekend, promise.”
I don’t have a recording to make my point but instead will drop another Magnetic Fields track or two to show that I am a good sport.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20081217/MF-OhYeah.mp3|titles=Oh Yeah (Live)|artists=Magnetic Fields]
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20081216/MF-ZombieBoy.mp3|titles=Old Fools (Live)|artists=Magnetic Fields]
Download: Magnetic Fields – Oh Yeah (Live)
Download: Magnetic Fields – Old Fools (Live)