With a mixture of haunting melody and intense syncopated rhythms, Feral Children played a captivating set at Neumos for their CD release show, last Wednesday. Their new album, Brand New Blood, is already known for soaring tracks that carry listeners headfirst into dreamy soundscapes. But their live performance brings an intensity that makes their music full and real. For most of their set, dim blue and red lights were all that illuminated Neumos’ stage – giving songs like “SpyGlass House” and “Universe Design” complete focus. And with three drummers beating out rhythms on each song, their performance was soul grabbing in a way that an album would have a tough time matching. The Feral Children also infuse their own brand of theatrics into their set. After what I think was “Kid Origami,” singer Jeff Keenan jumped through all three drum sets, rolled off the stage and into the crowd. Only to be welcomed with hugs and cheers from the friendly mob that had filled Neumos.
The Feral Children are embarking on a short East Coast sojourn with Murder City Devils, so if you want to see them… you will have to wait until they play the Showbox Market, March 6th. Hope you enjoy the photos!