LIVE REVIEW: French Style Furs + Spencer Moody and the Anzalone’s + Strange Vine @ The Satellite, LA 6/2/14
Throughout the years, The Satellite has played host to numerous acts during their Monday night residency series – acts that have gone on to play huge festivals like Coachella and packed venues like the Greek Amphitheatre. One of these Monday-night alums, Cold War Kids, remain active around the Los Angeles music scene. So, of course, when CWK singer Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust needed a place to debut their new project, French Style Furs, it only made sense to stick close to home. Along with We Barbarians‘ Nathan Warkentin, the project found inspiration from poet Thomas Merton. Willett’s voice remains a familiar anchor while it is surrounded by a whole new tone.
Knowing the history of CWK, We Barbarians, and The Satellite, this first ever performance (which at times consisted of eight players) was one for the books – and there’s still three Mondays in June to go.
Murder City Devils‘ frontman Spencer Moody has also embarked upon a new project, accompanied only by a drummer. Although only a duo, titled Spencer Moody and the Anzalone’s, Moody still has a rawness that demands you to watch. Even when the rhythms began to derail a bit, Moody gritted his teeth and kept on chugging.
From Fresno, duo Strange Vine unassumingly took their places behind a drum kit/electric organ and guitar and drew in the crowd simply by playing some damn good, uncomplicated, yet enticing songs.
View a full photo gallery of French Style Furs’ first ever performance HERE!