Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Black Cat, Washington, DC September 30, 2009 | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Black Cat, Washington, DC, September 30th, 2009

Nov 03, 2009 Photography by Michele Yamamoto Web Exclusive
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Cymbals Eat Guitars come to this performance on the heels of a rather successful debut. Why There Are Mountains was met with praise from several prestigious voices in the pop scene, including this very rag. And to be fair, I came to this performance with rather high expectations. The young Brooklyn-based four-piece was given the dubious first set of the evening with the floor of even this moderately small venue nearly empty.

Beginning with album-opener "And the Hazy Sea," the young band came in with a confident start and lots of energy. Raucous but controlled, the band rolled through several songs without yielding, drawing more and more patrons from the bar to the floor. But eventually, the technical difficulties with lead singer Joseph D'Agostino's guitar caught up with the performance. Though the band never entirely lost steam, D'Agostino grew increasingly frustrated, leaving his instrument on the floor by the last song with an annoyed smirk on his face.

Never faltering but never quite pulling off a climax, the band is surely capable, though this particular performance lost its luster by set's end. (www.myspace.com/cymbalseatguitars)

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