On Thursday I saw The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars, an absolutely fantastic show. Both bands are touring pros and know how to put on a great show.
Cymbals Eat Guitars create the kind of loud, relaxed college rock that is sorely missing at the moment. They just jam with out being tedious or boring. Plus frontman Joseph They played a mix of their excellent debut - Why There Are Mountains, plus a bunch of new songs. The new material sounds like Cymbals are taking their game to another level. I am excited to hear it.
If Cymbals Eat Guitars were great for their ability to jam and let the song evolve, then The Thermals were fantastic for their ability to keep the songs energetic and compact. I have no idea how many songs they played, but they went by at Ted Leo pace. In fact the Thermals might be the best live act I have seen since Ted Leo. The new album sounded fantastic live and the classic songs got the audience pumped. Absolutely essential to see both bands live.
Cymbals Eat Guitars - ...And The Hazy Sea by Ragged Words
The Thermals - Personal Life by The Drift Record Shop