02 November 2010

"Only in New Orleans"

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It's been a crazy busy week for us, but it's finally back to school and reality; I'm gonna start from the top of this exhausting last weekend. It kicked off last Thursday night at the Saint with a great performance by the Brooklyn boys, Small Black.
The female fronted openers Class Actress, who also reign from Brooklyn, were a delightful surprise to start the night. Though the band is typically a three piece, only two of the members were on tour this time around but they didn't disappoint.
I had a chance to ask the nice and talented guys from Small Black a few questions before they played. Most importantly, I was interested in knowing whether or not they actually claimed the hip genre they have been assigned, chill wave; turns out that isn't really the case. The keyboard player, Ryan, suggested that their music is much closer to something like dance synth-pop. The frontman, Josh, said that he thinks it's a "stupid title," but that it allows many people who may otherwise remain ignorant to Small Black to discover their music and that it gives the band freedom to sound like many different things.
It also turns out that the members of Small Black love our city almost as much as we do.  Last time around they opened for the chill wave genius from Georgia, Washed Out, and were also performing as his touring band. One member even admitted that NOLA is his favorite city in the states (besides New York of course).
The show itself was a dancing good time and extremely personal because of the small venue size. The turn out was absolutely great and the boys from the band seemed to be just as satisfied as the last time they passed through New Orleans. If I recall correctly, they played all the songs from their very recent album New Chain, and closed with the crowd pleaser, "Photojournalist."
Other interesting facts about the band include what they've been listening to these days: Josh admitted that he is a huge rap fan and even gave Waka Flocka a shout out during their performance. Other ear candies they have been feasting on include Ducktails, Bob Dylan, Das Racist, Best Coast, and Real Estate.

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Small Black

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Small Black

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Class Actress
-Article and photos by Justen Cheney

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