Live Review

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Mercury Lounge, NY

Conjuring up the specific boredom of adolescence.

It’s hard to separate Casiotone For The Painfully Alone’s willfully adolescent sound from its possibly truly amateur nature. The band seems both lacking in charisma, and any incredible musical skill, so one has to wonder how exactly they are able to play their own headlining tours.

They open their show with two pianos and a beat swiped from a middle school kid playing along to Weezer on his first drum kit. It is hard not to speculate about the amount of other people in the audience who are wondering what they have gotten themselves into. The next song draws a bassist and horn player on stage, and manages to channel the “back to Nashville” sad-sack swing that has appeared in some of Saddle Creek’s catalogue. Oddly, this causes some of the teenage-girls in the audience to clutch their hair and dance double time to the music.

Casiotone’s third song continues the band’s upward trend, knocking the beat up a notch, and warming up the vocals a little. Yet, it is striking the way that Casiotone seem somewhat displaced from the current musical milieu. Lacking much of the psychedelic revival, or scuzz, of many modern indie bands, Casiotone would be perfectly comfortable opening for the Get Up Kids.

The song ‘Tom Justice’ broadens the band’s arrangements, and gives the best face to Casiotone’s bedroom charm. This song is quickly followed up by one of the best moments of the evening when their Rhodes piano suffers a bad connection, to which one band member responds, “This is a very temperamental Rhodes,” and then slaps it.

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone’s strength seems to lie in their ability to conjure the specific boredom of adolescence, to find yourself lying in the Sunday sun of your bedroom, too young to drive, and to unmotivated to find something else to do. As the band winds through ‘Natural Light’ it becomes harder to criticize them, for that time of life deserves its documentation.

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