Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Show review & photos: Battlestations at Liar's Club, 1/21

By Mike Sullivan

Battlestations had their debut live show last Friday night at Liar's Club here in Chicago. A few weeks back I had the chance to sit down with the band and pick their brains, and you can read the Q&A here. I could not wait to see what they brought to the table once they were all together on stage.

The six-piece had a lot of instruments and electronic devices that barely fit onto the small stage at Liar's Club. I didn’t think they would have enough room to work with, but they managed. I was immediately blown away once they started. The raw energy and creativity that they put into their debut album, The Unicorn, really came through when played live. They opened the set with a brand new track, "Guns and Robots." They followed with "The Slums," "No Gold in The Crown," "Can't Sell The Light," "Electric Not Religious," and a few other tracks from their debut CD. The set ended with an outstanding performance of "More Money Than Time." I don't think anybody was sitting down when this song was over. It was an excellent debut show, and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. The album is now available for purchase on their Bandcamp site, with a vinyl release hitting the shelves soon.


Check out more show reviews:
Free Energy at Double Door
TNK 2011: S Carey, Darwin Deez, Young Man, Lionlimb
TNK 2011: Alex Winston, Little Dragon at Lincoln Hall
TNK 2011: Pet Lions, Generationals, Magic Kids at Schubas
TNK 2011: Lia Ices, Generationals, Frankie Rose and the Outs at Lincoln Hall
Netherfriends at the Whistler
Cursive at Subterranean

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