Echo Curio is a small art shop in Echo Park, California. A few days ago I went and saw the group Extra Life perform there. The venue was totally overpacked with it probably comfortably only holding 25 people. I imagine there was probably 50 to 60 people there so the streets were lined with kids drinking 22s out of brown bags. The concert was definitely a different atmosphere than the last time I saw Extra Life, but in general worked for the band. Some hipster noise group opened named Halloween Swim Team. Their music was boring as hell, but their equipment which included a vintage minimoog was fun to look at. My friends and I went next store to buy beer during the end of their set. The next opener was jesus makes the shotgun sound which I had heard of before, but never actually listened to. The group was pretty cool in a live setting though I don’t think I would be into their records.
Extra Life is currently wrapping up the last couple dates of a tour for their new release ‘Made Flesh’. The record takes a lot of the ideas found on their debut ‘Secular Works’ and makes them a little more comprehendible. The group played every track from ‘Made Flesh’ sans ‘Black Hoodie’ and ‘The Body is True’. From their debut they played ‘The Refrain’. Charlie Looker the main figure of Extra Life was very interactive with the crowd making plenty of jokes and talking about the tour in general. The group was a four piece with drums, bass, strings, and Looker doubling on guitar and keys. Previously when I saw them they had a person playing winds who wasn’t present this time around, but that really did nothing to distract from the performance. Extra Life remains one of the highlights of avant-garde rock and their new record is definitely one of the best of the year so far. The fact that their live sound was so identical to the record’s sound while still playing slightly different arrangements really speaks to their prowess as a band. Expect a review of ‘Made Flesh’ from myself up within the week. For now check out the video for Extra Life’s ‘Head Shrinker’ from ‘Made Flesh’.