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Tides of Man & Icarus the Owl Live in New York

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Last week, I attended the Tides of Man spring headliner at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York, New York. Those in attendance were lucky to receive a crash course in the post rock genre, as some of the best current and rising acts showcased their talent.

    Vasudeva, a band hailing from the growing post-rock hotbed of New Jersey, were a surprise addition to the touring bill of Covet, Icarus The Owl and Tides of Man. The surprise was certainly a pleasant one. As some longtime followers of this site may remember Vasudeva was one of my selections for AbsolutePunk’s “100 Bands You Need to Know” feature last August. This show, their first in six months, was added as something of a showcase of new material, and all but one or two of the songs they played came from an upcoming full-length. I can speak from this live experience in saying that I can’t wait to see how the record sounds after hearing these complex arrangements on stage.

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    I hadn’t ever heard of Covet before they took the stage, but they blew me away. The poise they displayed on stage, coupled with the way they were able to build out incredibly unique sonic landscapes, was incredibly impressive. After having listened to their most recent Currents EP after the show, it seems they may still be a bit away before their recording quality and studio performances match the product they portray on stage. Still, I came away greatly impressed, especially by the prodigious musicianship of lead guitarist Yvette Young, who sees to be the band’s primary songwriter.

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    Icarus the Owl was probably the ill-fitted jigsaw puzzle piece on the bill. Their angular, tapped guitar riffs and mathy time signatures were accompanied by prototypical pop-rock vocals, the only of their kind for the entirety of the night. That’s not to say it wasn’t a welcome change of pace — their set served to add a bit of diversity to what was a fairly homogenous night. While I was a fan of the band’s early work, especially 2009’s The Spotless Mind, I had fallen somewhat out of touch with their more recent material, which constituted the vast majority of their half-hour set. I will be going back to check up on their more recent material, especially after seeing how the crowd reacted to it.

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    It’s still pretty astonishing to me that Tides of Man has only been a post-rock band for one album. I won’t rehash the specifics of how they made this transition, but suffice to say: it is astonishing not only how comfortable they seem within their new genre, and the tropes associated with it, but just how damn good they are at exploiting those tropes to create something incredibly unique and unexpected out of it.

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    Cinematic-style, crescendo heavy, post-rock has been done countless times before — many times by band’s with a great deal more experience. But it appears Tides’ unique backstory and late adoption of the style has allowed them to take a different spin than many of their contemporaries. There is a delicate, flittering atmosphere to many of their build-ups. And when the climax hits you, it often doesn’t come at you in a single tidal wave like so many others. Instead, it seems to tug at you, to overwhelm you once, then release, only to hit you again even harder. It’s a sonic assault like a boxer who keeps coming at you, no matter how many times you try to slow them down.
    The band debuted a number of new songs from that as-of-yet untitled follow-up to Young and Courageous they have been working on over the past few months. A release date for the follow up is still to be announced, but from what I gathered after speaking with the band, they would like to have it out sometime in 2016.

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    Fittingly, they ended the set with the closing track off Young and Courageous, “Measure Your Breath.” The song forms the catharsis of the record, and certainly of the band’s live set as well. As the song reached its climactic moment, right as the first vocals kick in, guitarist Spencer Gill stepped up to the microphone:

    We wrote this next part about the happiest moment in my life. I hope you’ll all think about yours and join me.

    Together the band lifted to that euphoric moment in the song, and with a surge of energy, the crowd, which had up to that point remained fairly dormant – often the unfortunate price of post-rock shows – surged as well, singing along. I’ve always felt that moment in the song to be so triumphant, a realization of what Tides of Man left behind – a voice, a melody, an ideology – in search of something more.

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  2. I really really like Tides of Man's newest album. Definitely more than anything else they've put out. They sound so awesome to see live
  3. HalfHearted


    Forgot this tour was coming to my area and missed it, so mad. New albums from both Tides and Icarus are great.
  4. Behind the Barricade

    I was actually upstairs at the Unwritten Law show when this show was going on. I tried going to both but the security guard picked up on what I was doing and shut me down
  5. vein.ftm

    Trusted Prestigious

    What was the band that the ex vocalist of Decoder is joining?
  6. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Think it was Wolf:Speak but I don't know what that has to do with this haha
  7. vein.ftm

    Trusted Prestigious

    Because I thought it was Tides lol, I just can't find the original news post or anything about it.
  8. Gooddayz

    always and forever

    If you're talking about the singer (Spencer) he joined a band called Makari. Wolf:Speak was Keith's band, but I think he started another band now.
  9. Gooddayz

    always and forever

    It was a pleasure finally being able to see Tides live and Icarus are fantastic. I remember this show was combined with another though, so Tides time was cut.
  10. vein.ftm

    Trusted Prestigious

    Makari that was it, thank you!
  11. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Was it? It definitely didn't seem that way. They got to play close to an hour and their only instrumental album is only like 42 minutes or so. They played the vast majority of it too it seemed.
  12. Gooddayz

    always and forever

    Man that's awesome, but yeah they only played 25 to 30 mins max and it didn't help that they had technical difficulties in the beginning. Spencer was getting annoyed.
  13. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Damn that sucks. Hopefully they'll play a longer set on their next tour after the new album drops later this year.
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  14. Gooddayz

    always and forever

    I sure hope so! Excited to hear some new tunes from them
  15. beachdude

    I'm not brave Prestigious

    Just getting back into both these bands and happened to stumble upon this article... great write-up! Icarus' last few albums have all been great, and Tides does great with their new post-rock direction. Definitely wish I had caught this tour now lol