Muruch‘s Chicago gig gal Chelle was in the crowd last week for The Hundred in the Hands show at Metro with Delphic and The Temper Trap. Her review of their performance follows…
On Tuesday October 12, the Brooklyn-based duo The Hundred in the Hands played the legendary Chicago venue Metro, supporting the UK’s Delphic and headliners The Temper Trap.
Comprised of members Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell, The Hundred in the Hands delivered a short but highly impressive set, with Friedman on guitar and Everdell mastering keys and vocals.
Even with the lack of live drumming, the performance was enthralling; Friedman and Everdell blend beautifully as two halves of a perfect whole, scarcely acknowledging one another from opposite ends of the stage as they deliver their polished and complex concoction of catchy synth pop.
Friedman’s frenetic guitar work over the drum tracks provides a sturdy foundation of rhythm and melody, over which Everdell’s synths and pristine vocals soar gorgeously.
It’s difficult to pin this band into a particular niche or genre; at times the vocals are highly reminiscent of other 80s synth-pop outfits, but there’s an ethereal quality to the overall sound that feels much more modern, and in no way could they be described as derivative.
It’s a delicate balance to match post-punk guitar work to synths and drum machines, but The Hundred in the Hands have certainly figured it out. They come off as much more danceable than the likes of The xx, and more nuanced and melodic than The Kills — comparisons to whom must happen frequently.
The Hundred in the Hands were signed to Warp records earlier this year, and their self-titled debut full-length album is out now. They continue their tour on the west coast this week, before heading to the UK and Europe throughout November.
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