December 10, 2006

Local Atlanta, Pt. 1: Small Framed Boy

Filed under: Artist Profile,News — RadioFly @ 11:52 am

Small Framed BoyOpening acts have it tough. They’re in a position where it’s very difficult to draw the audience’s attention at all, let alone have enough of an impact to inspire concert attendees to remember them. People want to see the headliner…that’s just how it is. Best case scenario, you might hear, “man, the opening act was good, but man The Flaming Lips!!!! SPACE BUBBLE!” or even, “man, Coldplay was so disappointing, even that stupid opener was better,” but you’ll almost never hear “man Belle & Sebastian was great, but that opener really blew my mind!”

Unless you see a show that Small Framed Boy opens.

A couple weeks ago, I went to the Drunken Unicorn to see one of my favorite bands, the Dirty Projectors, play. They turned in an absolutely wild performance, easily one of the best I’ve seen all year. That evening, however, belonged to the group of women who make up the opening band—Small Framed Boy.

The first song they played sounded like the long lost cousin of no wave and psych, with a driving !!!rhythm section of Amanda Boyd and Erin Santini sharing the spotlight with guitarist and vocalist Jennie Castillo’s perfect combination of experimentation, melody, and eerie vocals. As SFB went further into their mesmerizing set, more and more words seemed to accurately described the band. They remained wholly melodic, even downright funky, all throughout but they somehow also managed to be a middle-eastern-sounding noise freak-out group with the giant monster above jumping around in front of the stage. Oh yeah… they rap too. All of those genres and adjectives and buzzwords add up to one word–“indescribable.”

Though you won’t get the full effect of their live show, I urge you to CLICK RIGHT HERE and head on over to their myspace. Then, your next step is to get on a plane to Atlanta so you can see one of their shows. In fact, they’re playing today if you hurry…

1 Comment »

  1. easily one of the best bands we ever played a show with

    Comment by sgodt forgot — March 10, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

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