I was lucky enough to catch the entire show last night and I was very glad I did. I have loved Emperor X ever since a friend turned me onto him a couple years back, but the last time he came to Charlottesville, I only caught the last 2 songs, so I was super stoked to see that he was returning with one of my favorite bands on CLLCT, Dust From 1000 Yrs!
I had the chance to play a show with Dust From 1000 Years last May at the Garage (which is literally a tiny garage converted into an art/show room). It was foggy and drizzling and they played a beautiful droning set as a duo (the main Dusty dudes, Ben–AKA “Totally Bone” and Jimmy).
Last night, I was surprised to find Emperor X performing first, and man was I glad I got there early! In his usual energetic fashion, he started walking around the tea house as he played his first song with a small amp hanging off of his belt . Even though I only saw 2 songs at his last show, I must say that after seeing Emperor X twice now (or 1 and 1/4 times anyways) I am really impressed with his sincerity and energy as a performer. You can tell when you hear him that he puts his whole heart into every song. He played plenty of what are “hits” in my mind anyways, quite a few songs off of the album “Central Hug/Friend Army/Fractal Dunes (And the Dreams That Resulted)” which is definitely a favorite for me. A rather humorous moment arose when Emperor X asked Ben from Dust for a cover song suggestion and Ben proposed that he cover Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose”. Someone else yelled “Funky Town” and Emperor X joked that he should play both of them to make us suffer for our bad choices. And then, he actually played “Kiss From A Rose” to everyone’s surprise and delight (video linked below). He also did about 2 goofy bars of “Funky Town” before cutting it saying that was all he would play of that one. Then, much to my delight, he called Dust From 1000 Years up to play the last 2 songs with him.
Then, Dust played their set. They are now a 4 piece band and the performance was really cool. Spacey jams that are equally gentle and heavy in nature. Layers of delay build under hushed, crying vocals…good stuff. My camera died right before the drum/synth build up finale unfortunately, but I was able to catch some prime moments in the 2 videos I took. Dust From 100 Years is a band that puts on a great show, so make sure to catch them if they come through your town.
Last came Family Portrait, the only band I knew nothing about. I could tell right away that they would be good and loud and I was right. In fact, I wished my camera hadn’t died, because I would have loved to get a little footage of their set too. They had a really fuzzy, almost gritty dream pop kind of sound, and their drummer really had me hooked with some of his beats. I picked up their 7″ Split with local dude Andrew Cedermark and I have been listening to it today–it’s quite good!
I also picked up Dust From 1000 Years’ new album, “Marble Memo” which I have not finished listening to yet, but what I have heard is great. Check it out! Overall, a great show, with 3 great performances made for a lovely evening.
Here’s some links. I am only linking 2 of the videos I took of last night, but in total there are 6 videos up (so, you can check the others out if you want–they are uploaded under the same account).
Live Footage – Emperor X playing Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT32Wdc1ZM8
Live Footage – Emperor X and Dust From 1000 Yrs playing “Raytracer”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAyi0_uK51w
Emperor X: http://emperorx.net/
Dust From 1000 Yrs: http://moonjawrecords.com/dust.htm
Family Portrait: http://underwaterpeoples.com/index.php/artists/family-portrait