Via Audio are my new favorite cause. I want to help the whole world learn their name,
learn their tunes,
and learn to love them the way I do. Alas, I doubt my modest blog has
quite that kind of reach... But CMJ sure does. In fact, that's exactly
what CMJ is all
about: Taking the unknown, unsigned, or otherwise
undiscovered and elevating them to
the forefront of crowd consiousness.
A showcase at CMJ gets 'em where it counts -- a
packed audience full of
future fans in the making, and music industry influencers.
After months of near misses, I finally had my shot at seeing the one local Brooklyn band I
wanted to catch above any other at CMJ. With a slot just before the Meat Puppets, the
Lion's Den sported a packed house for Via Audio
that 10/17 evening. They're a little
unpolished, a bit sloppy, and even
over-excited at times. But with some time to grow,
performance will catch up with their songwriting.
songwriting is downright formidable at its highest points, as you can
on their debut album, Say Anything. These kids think in
pop confections whose melodic
simplicity is beautiful... and catchy as
hell. Each one of them has a point of view. Each
one a marked style,
presence and personality onstage. Give them a listen and you'll pick
up on hints of both of Montreal's whimsical pop tunesmithing, and delivery akin to Mates
of State (who also played that evening across town at Avalon).
Take in some of this footage,
and you'll hear the roots of something special in the making.
ever-broadening fan base, much of which is thanks to their CMJ face
they're sure to clock more time onstage. I'm looking forward to
watching their live show
mature in front of my very eyes. Join me, and
when they explode, we can all say we
knew them when.
Seeing the as-yet undiscovered hit the radar for the first time. Isn't that exactly the point of CMJ?
MORE VIA AUDIO LIVE :
--See Photos: Via Audio @ the Lion's Den
--Watch Video: Via Audio @ the Lion's Den
--Hear Tunes: Via Audio's MySpace
--See Them Live: Find Tour Dates