Concert Review | Caribou, Fuck Buttons | 5/1, The Billiken Club

It was May Day and instead of watching people dance around a May pole, we were all at the Billiken Club awaiting Caribou and Fuck Buttons’ performance. The crowd was pretty relaxed, as one might expect a Caribou show to be as well. The feel of the night was great and the Billiken Club, once again, did not disappoint on what it always offers–free music.

The show had a late start as people we were still rifling into the club. And I’m sure that every person was glad that they started a little bit late. With keyboard driven beats and child microphone, Fuck Buttons gave the best performance that we could ever have expected. This loud, experimental duo played tracks from their newest album, Street Horrrsing along with what sounded like to be some new material. It also was adorable that the band needs power converters for their English instruments.

For “Ribs Out”, the most tribal driven track, Andrew dove out into the crowd screaming some indecipherable lyrics while tribal dancing and everyone seemed entranced by the spectacle. The duo had a great dynamic and you could see that they fed off of each other–Andrew projected sounds from his animal sticker-covered Mac while Benjamin shoved his microphone into his mouth, turning dials and switches. Each song built up and exploded with spastic, tribal ferocity. The Fuck Buttons’ performance was overall insane and I risked a bladder infection to see the entire set. I think everyone was glad to see that Caribou’s ‘special guests’ definitely did not disappoint.

I saw Caribou open up for Battles at the Metro in Chicago last semester and I was really excited to see them perform at my beloved Billiken Club. After losing their drummer through a ladder accident, Caribou luckily they found a replacement way before the Billiken Club show. I knew that their psychedelic, poppy sound had the potential to completely saturate the venue.

The show started off with Andorra’s ” After Hours”, letting the audience infer most of the set would be based off their latest album. The light show was daunting at first–the cloth covered the entire wall and since it was such a small stage, there was nowhere to avert your eyes. I’m sure if I was on acid, it could have been the best light show ever.

As much as I love Daniel Snaith’s voice live, I missed the cleanness of the recorded sound. Sadly, no matter how insane the drummer was and how synchronized the beats were, it was obvious that Dan’s connection wasn’t the same with replacement drummer, Ahmed, as it had been with former, Brad. They were giving a performance, but like Dan, I couldn’t feel it. Their set-list was in the same order as it was in Chicago (I guess it’s hard to deter when you have a light show based off of it), but the one in Chicago was a lot better. Overall, the crowd seemed excited to hear favorites such as “Melody Day”, “She’s The One”, and “Sandy”. Dan experienced some technical difficulties near the end and after a quick cord switcheroo, finished the set quite flawlessly. I think everyone in attendance floated out of the club with happiness. I had my complaints, but the show was quite impressive.

I can’t wait to see both Caribou and Fuck Buttons again at Pitchfork this summer!

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One response to “Concert Review | Caribou, Fuck Buttons | 5/1, The Billiken Club

  1. Sanita and Irum go to white castle? noooooooooooo SANITA AND IRUM GO TO PITCHFOOOOOORK

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