I saw this guy open for Times New Viking at Kung Fu Necktie last night. It was like seeing an epic rock show circa 1974. Rather than the tinny drum machines on his albums, they had a burly drummer pounding away to the songs. And rather than the Jim James style vocal effects on the albums, they used enough reverb to make even his most intelligible mumblings bounce around the room til the end of the set. Kurt Vile and his band turned these lovely bedroom pop songs into monstrously powerful walls of sound. It was a performance I won’t soon forget.
Oh yeah, and Times New Viking sucked.