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Baths and Young Fathers @ Union Transfer.

April 28, 2014

Baths (3 of 10)Text and images by Grace Dickinson.

It’s rare that an opening band is able to build as much momentum in the audience as the headliner. However, Scottish hip-hop band Young Fathers seemed to have little trouble creating a steady stream of both energy and applause from the early crowd who came out to Union Transfer this past Wednesday night.

Mixing rap and electronic SBTRKT-like vocals and harmonies, the band brought an explosion of rhythm to the stage. Along with it went flying dreadlocks, quick, readily jumping feet, and a surge of high-energy to back it up. Dancing was steady and flashy. Trenchcoats and outerwear were stripped on and off.  Continuous black and white lights flickered so quickly the stage was seldom lit for longer than split seconds of time.

Young Fathers opened for Baths, the stage name for Will Wiesenfeld, on tour for his third album Obsidian. Wiesenfeld’s known for his experimental music utilizing layered electronics, looped vocal and other various sounds, placed alongside minimal, predominantly falsetto sung lyrics.

Projected live, Baths’ music felt dark, with long instrumental sessions broken up by pure yelling of nothing in particular. Lyrics would occasionally be whispered into the mic, with a tone that felt emo and left them often slightly muddled against the heavy beat backdrop. Overall, it was a performance that felt different than the album. One of impromptu stage presence, but made up primarily of hushed screaming to take the remembrance of the night. There were, however, a number of characteristically long stretches of electronic beats that Baths is known for, and at times it made it feel as though the better venue would’ve been Voyeur, or some sort of dark nightclub.

But Union Transfer was full of bopping heads who stood their ground and gazed unwaveringly up to the stage. Baths, along with Young Fathers, will continue up the east coast before heading off to Canada.

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