After listening to the debut EP from Columbia, MO's Believers, the disc struck such a chord that I started it over again from the beginning. The post-punk label that I used above really doesn't do justice to the band's new disc as the closest comparison is the post-punk, polyrhythmic experimentalism of later period Talking Heads without any of the pop dross/gloss that plagued the Heads' later albums. Columbia, MO's True/False Film Fest touches on Believers' core sound in a recent interview with guitarist and singer Wesley Powell.
True/False: "A striking feature of your live sets is that you have two percussionists at the center of the stage while the rest of the band fills the edges with guitars, samples, vocals, and bass. What’s the reasoning behind that setup? Is it just a space issue, or is there a purpose for such a configuration?"
Wesley Powell: "For much of what we play live, the rhythm section carries us. Taylor and Pete are the metronomic backbone, so it makes sense to have us all focus on them. And we like to have the two of them close together so they can feed off of one another’s energy, and the rest of us can feed off that. Some kind of parasitic vibe feast."
Believers are off on a trek to the East Coast which hits Cake Shop on Oct. 6th and Glasslands on Oct. 7th. No information is posted yet about the show at Cake Shop. For the show at Glasslands, Believers are playing with Landlady and RAILBIRD and advanced tickets are $10.
Believers Tour Dates
9/21 - Columbia, MO - RNBNBBQ Fest (5:45 Set)
9/21 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's (9:00pm)
9/29 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
9/30 - St. Louis, MO - Strange Folk Festival
10/2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
10/6 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
10/7 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
10/8 - Portland, ME - Space
10/10 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday
10/11 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar
10/12 - Champaign, IL - Mike n Molly's
10/13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
10/14 - Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter