Link: Review from Albino! @ The Elbo Room, SF 7/23/10

Photo by Natalie Hammers / phishandthedead.com

I saw my first taste of the band Albino! this past Friday night at the Elbo Room, and our friends at PATD have a review from the show.

It’s nice to catch this band in a small venue. With such a huge sound, you can be sure you’ll be seeing them around the bay for as long as they are willing to conduct the experiment. Fela would be proud. You can catch this ensemble with their brand of afro-centric dance grooves at the Elbo Room, since they just started as artist-in-residency there on Friday nights.

I’ll be honest; I had fun but I wasn’t blown away musically. Maybe I was more concerned with hanging out with my friends and having a good time, but I found the delivery to be a bit flat for what I’d expect out of proper afrobeat. Anyone else find their feet moving a bit more than I did? Jury’s still out on this band for me and my friends had good feedback compared to the other times they had caught the band…

  • Pete

    Afrobeat is one of my favorite genres to see live and listen to — but for me Albino! is definitely a second tier band. They put on a decent enough show, but they can’t hold a candle to Antibalas or Chicago Afrobeat Project (this was especially apparent since Antibalas was also in town less than two weeks ago). The smaller the room you see Albino! in, the better.

    That being said, I respect anyone keeping Fela’s music alive and pushing the genre forward.

  • Pete

    Afrobeat is one of my favorite genres to see live and listen to — but for me Albino! is definitely a second tier band. They put on a decent enough show, but they can’t hold a candle to Antibalas or Chicago Afrobeat Project (this was especially apparent since Antibalas was also in town less than two weeks ago). The smaller the room you see Albino! in, the better.

    That being said, I respect anyone keeping Fela’s music alive and pushing the genre forward.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    I think that’s accurate in that I didn’t want to seem too judgy, because I definitely didn’t get there and pay as much attention to a band I would have done some research on before. I won’t rule out their next show there by any means, but yeah, not my first choice in terms of afrobeat projects.

    Which reminds me, I need to listen to more afrobeat.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    I think that’s accurate in that I didn’t want to seem too judgy, because I definitely didn’t get there and pay as much attention to a band I would have done some research on before. I won’t rule out their next show there by any means, but yeah, not my first choice in terms of afrobeat projects.

    Which reminds me, I need to listen to more afrobeat.

  • NKinnap

    Are you kidding?
    Have you seen Albino! before?
    This residency is obviously an experiment for the band. I have seen them numerous times but mostly in much larger venues like the Independent. Their show is dope as all hell! Musically they are one of my favorite bands out there and their stage show is fun and hilarious at times (which I love), all intertwined with a social message. I am glad that Albino! is mixing it up by experimenting with their sound and the direction of Afrobeat (have you heard Peralta House, their Album! That is where it is at). I just hope they continue to perform their big shows like at the Independent so that I can continue to get my groove on in a big way!

  • NKinnap

    Are you kidding?
    Have you seen Albino! before?
    This residency is obviously an experiment for the band. I have seen them numerous times but mostly in much larger venues like the Independent. Their show is dope as all hell! Musically they are one of my favorite bands out there and their stage show is fun and hilarious at times (which I love), all intertwined with a social message. I am glad that Albino! is mixing it up by experimenting with their sound and the direction of Afrobeat (have you heard Peralta House, their Album! That is where it is at). I just hope they continue to perform their big shows like at the Independent so that I can continue to get my groove on in a big way!