Nation of Language, Foxes in Fiction & Sill Corners @ Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY
Review & Photography by: Avery Kelly
The Brooklyn show, with sets by Nation of Language, Foxes in Fiction, and headliner Still Corners, started out featuring a new wave sound curated by Ian Devaney. Pulsing synth beats drive each of Nation of Language’s tracks, and Devaney’s Ian Curtis-esque vocals give the synthpop a grittiness that’s hard to beat. Although their music is 80’s inspired, it’s obvious that the band’s approach is individualized and very much their own. Each song was a new mix of beats and melodies that were opposite from one another but ended up meshing into a slightly abstract, contemporary twist on classic post-punk ideas. One memorable track, “On Division Street,” hit the crowd with it’s personal tones and catchy lyrics. Devaney’s presence on stage was one that was bigger than the stage; it looked like he belonged in a large arena. With his large trousers and dress shoes, he had the look of a seasoned new-wave punk.
Foxes in Fiction, a project by Warren Hildebrand, perfectly fits the bandcamp description of “looking back the headlights dim the street beneath your bike fades into black.” Hildebrand stood front and center on the stage with his setup, and hypnotized the crowd with a dreamscape performance. Accentuated with projected visuals, he created a story with his performance. Soft-spoken and gentle, Foxes in Fiction was captivating, charming, and soothing.
The headliner of the night, Still Corners, is a London band consisting of Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes. The two have put out quite the discography; with five albums under their belt, they have gained quite a following. Their sound carries on the dreamy, pop feel of the last two bands, but takes on a whole new energy. The set was warm, glowing, and nostalgic, with driving bass and slightly twangy guitar lines. Starting out with hits “Black Lagoon” and “Fireflies,” The crowd was pleased to hear the familiar, yet new, sounds of dream-pop and folk combined to make a new genre that Still Corners can claim as their own. As their set continued, they hit on their popular songs from each album, such as “The Message” and “Don’t Fall in Love,” but threw in some surprises to change the pace. Ending with “The Trip,” the band concluded on a high note and said goodbye to the Brooklyn crowd with a sense of grace and nostalgia.