The Faint, Tilly & the Wall / Dec. 17, 2006 / Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
On the second night of the Faint's two-night, sold-out stand at Sokol Auditorium, the electroclash boys were joined by fellow Omaha natives Tilly & the Wall to wrap up their brief winter tour, andOn the second night of the Faint's two-night, sold-out stand at Sokol Auditorium, the electroclash boys were joined by fellow Omaha natives Tilly & the Wall to wrap up their brief winter tour.
Tilly, who in May released its second full-length, "Bottoms of Barrels," is one of the most endearing bands on the scene today. Not only does the group craft highly infectious, almost painfully sweet pop songs, but it is delightfully entertaining to watch live, as well. This is partly due to Tilly's unorthodox approach to percussion: The band has traded in its drum kit for tap dancer Jamie Williams, who is right up at the front of the stage and apparently having a blast.
The group's feel-good vibe was contagious from playful opener "Rainbows in the Dark" through the audacious punk of set-closer "Nights of the Living Dead." The harmonies of Neely Jenkins, Kianna Alarid and Derek Pressnall on "Reckless," "A Perfect Fit" and "Sing Songs Along" sounded positively lovely, and the crowd couldn't help but cheer and sing along with glee as band members danced about the stage. Basically, Tilly just looks genuinely happy to perform for you, and it's impossible not to fall in love with a band having that much fun.
Luckily, the Faint was able to take the positive energy fostered during Tilly and transform it into a full-blown dance-a-thon. The band consistently delivers a killer, sweat-soaked club party, and this show was no exception.
Having been off the road since 2005, the Faint used this opportunity to preview new material from its upcoming release. Unfortunately, all but one of the new songs, including an especially bland slow number, were rather dull and not very Faint-like at all. Actually, it sounded as if the band had reverted back to a darker "Media"-era Faint with more straightforward, guitar-heavy indie rock rather than synth-friendly new wave.
Nonetheless, the party remained kickin' even during the new tunes thanks to the mob mentality and an impressive light show. Of course, the real fun came as the Faint rolled through hits such as opener "Drop Kick the Punks," "Call Call," "Take Me to the Hospital," "Glass Danse" and main set closer "Worked Up So Sexual."
The encore produced the one dance-worthy new Faint song, followed by the bizarre lyrical content and heavy bass of "Birth" before ending with the "Danse Macabre" favorite "Agenda Suicide." Overall, it was exactly what was expected from a Faint show; the promise of the band's new material, however, still remains in question.
Here is Tilly & the Wall's set list:
"Rainbows in the Dark"
"A Perfect Fit"
"Sing Songs Along"
"The Freest Man"
"Nights of the Living Dead"
Here is the Faint's set list:
"Drop Kick the Punks"
"How Could I Forget"
"Take Me to the Hospital"
"Posed to Death"
"Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat"
"Worked Up So Sexual"