I Break Horses - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

I Break Horses - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2012-06-18

Despite the fact lead singer/songwriter Maria Lindén comes out looking something like the Wicked Witch of the West, or maybe Batgirl (which comes off as slightly corny, especially when she lifts her hands to her side during songs, really giving the appearance of a superhero cape), I Break Horses put on a great show for a small crowd of loyal followers here in Seattle. 

Visually, they have a mostly looped projection, consisting of a collection of mathematical shapes which enlarge and morph into other shapes, as well as colorful 'stargate' types of imagery and blurry, indistinguishable landscapes a la experimental film Begotten. Minimal light show, as it should be.

Don't get me wrong, despite at her sometimes clumsy attempts at moving and grooving with the music, Lindén's absolutely adorable, showing her love for what she does and the crowd. As this is the first time I've seen the band, I have no expectations. I don't know what to expect musically, either. My first impressions are that this band seems to be a mix of Joy Division and Depeche Mode, with a little more pop. Think Glasgow band Errors. 

They're really doing a throwback to some 80s-synth as well; they love them synth-snares. It takes me a while to get into it. However, I love the genre, and eventually Lindén's cheesiness on stage wares off. She starts to act more comfortably and naturally. In the end, they're great and I'm happy to have gone.

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