Red Fox Gray Fox steal the spotlight at the Fine Line
To start the evening, Friends of the AMS brought a creative collective vibe reminiscent of Broken Social Scene. The six members brought a wide variety of textures, alternating between mellow passages and up-tempo tunes tinged with electronic flourishes. The King and the Thief followed with a passionately nervous set of melodic alt-rock. Drummer Kevin Goff's spontaneity and readily evident energy powered their set effortlessly. Aside from the ever-present distraction of lackluster lighting, both opening bands effectively supplied pop pleasantries and moody meanderings alike.
Coming off a spring and summer chock full of touring, it was evident that Now, Now Every Children were happy to be back home in the cities. The duo, now playing as a 5-piece (this show saw the debut of rhythm guitarist Jess Abbott) came out with a more dynamic and fuller sounding set than expected. Guided by lead singer/guitarist Cacie Dalanger's driving chords and drummer Brad Hale's quick hands, NNEC focused most of their set around their latest release, Cars. Aside from a road weary guitar that needed constant tuning between songs, their quick yet potent set appeared to be the high-water mark of the evening.
Headliner Red Fox Grey Fox may have drawn in some new listeners with their sincere and passionate delivery, specifically their second number, "Building a Building." Creating the most memorable song of the evening, the song began with five additional drummers on floor toms erupting in a simultaneous cacophony, enticing the entire crowd to clap along to their bombastic beat. It was a song so intense that at its conclusion, lead singer Peter Miller had to break out a head band to protect his eyes from the stinging sweat.