Sunday, September 16, 2007
Remix Sunday - Port O'Brien vs. Black Eyed Peas
Okay, so this week's Remix Sunday is kinda just an excuse to post about Port O'Brien, who I had the great fortune of seeing at the Social on Monday night. A friend's band was opening for the Californians, who I had heard of, but I had no idea what I was in for in terms of their live show.
First off, as the band set up it became abundantly clear that drummer Josh Barnhart's only two instruments were to be a tambourine and a box. Yes, a fucking box. Needless to say, audience participation was to play a large part in the band's percussion. Van Pierszalowski, bandmaster of the four-piece, easily bonded with the intrigued crowd in about 15 seconds and offered to recount the mysterious story of the missing drums to those who were interested after the show.
Port O'Brien's sound brings to mind Bright Eyes' gentle and sincere acoustic approach and Neutral Milk Hotel instrumentation combined with a liberal dose of Decemberists-style storytelling. One of the best gigs I've seen in a while concluded with a brilliant encore performance of Ludacris' 'Move Bitch', which brings me to the Remix Sunday portion of this post. I stumbled across a cover of 'My Humps' on the band's website, and it's hilarious. Words won't do it justice:
Port O'Brien - My Humps (Black Eyed Peas cover)
Port O'Brien - I Woke Up Today
Port O'Brien - Five and Dime
Port O'Brien - My Eyes Won't Shut
Port O'Brien - Tree Bones