Kind of an interesting pair, I’ll admit. While Luke Temple’s pseudonymical, lo-fi indie folk project, Here We Go Magic, presents quite a counterpoint to the bombastic sprawl of Ball of Flame Shoot Fire’s latest opus, Jokeland, the convergance of the groups’ styles is definitely a welcome experiment. I’m already imagining the benefits of charged up Lawrenceville crowd, still beaming from the operatic grandeur of Ball of Flame in full swing, treated to a smoldering set by Temple and Co., which will probably feel more like a somber bedroom recording session than a full on rock show (that’s a compliment). As a fairly consistent showgoer, I can’t imagine a better combination: grand, epic sweep meets intimate, fragile beauty.
Luckily, Ball of Flame have gotten back into the thick of the Pittsburgh scene with more than a few shows around the area, and with the band finally all together for the first time in months, expect no time to be wasted. With a couple choice opening slots (Wednesday’s show, and the Yeasayer bill with Ponytail at Mr. Small’s later this summer) the band gets a chance to flex Jokeland, an album almost screaming for a victory lap around town after hibernating in iTunes libraries since the CD release show back in January.
BOFSF with Here We Go Magic on Wednesday at the Brillobox along with Camera Obscura at Mr. Smalls tonight makes these few days leading up to the fourth of July weekend all the more explosive. “Any thing is possssible.”
Thanks to HughshowsRedux for the quality picture.