Nor a definitive one, thankfully. The band played their funky, synth-driven rock—sort of a LCD Soundsystem-Beck-Duran Duran hybrid—as if thousands were watching them. Even better, they sounded as if they deserved the attention. The show was wonderful.
This mostly had to do with frontman, Kamtin Mohager. Switching between bass, keyboard, cowbell, and guitar, dancing (well!), and singing in an attractive breathy croon, he was as charismatic a young musician as I've seen in a while. It takes guts to go for it as a performer, especially when the conditions aren't great (i.e., the room isn't full) but Kam held nothing back--doubly impressive given that whenever his lips touched the microphone, he got an electric shock.
I've only seen the band play the one time. Maybe I was especially receptive because by the third day of CMJ, anything that isn't bland dudes playing indie rock seems more exciting than it normally would, but if you get a chance, check out the Chain Gang From 1974. The songs on the band's MySpace are sinuous, catchy synth-pop. (I got a friend of mine to listen, and he said the music made him wish John Hughes was still alive and making movies just so he could put the band's songs on the soundtrack, which sounds about right to me.) Or, see them live. They're on tour right now with fellow Coloradoans Candy Claws. Let me know what you think.
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