Hold Me: Yeasayer Plays The Fillmore
Who knew the global-beat-driven psych-prog indie outfit that blew MGMT off the stage at Bottom of the Hill so long ago would today be referencing Art of Noise-style dadaist samples amid look-sharp rhythms and ska-punk sax -- and making thoroughly danceable pop? That’s the sound of “Mondegreen” off Yeasayer’s recently released sophomore LP, Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian), a blast of sonic experimentation that attempts to go Dirty Projectors one further in the finding inventive new ways to suture overseas beats to post-punk rock, aided by big ears and plenty of smarts. The group puts it in action Saturday, April 17, at the Fillmore.
The difference is the Brooklyn band openly looks to the dance floor for its primary inspiration -- see the glo-stick-swinging acid bounce of “Rome” and the tinkling, trancey overture of “Love Me Girl” as well as the fact that the group -- bit by the remix bug, no doubt -- can’t resist reworking at least one track, “ONE,” as “O.N.E.” That’s one song that isn’t afraid to bring the cowbell, big time -- as well as a contagious afropop ebulliance.
That sense of play showed up when the band described itself as “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel,” and indeed, there’s a danger, as with so many combos of its multimedia-savvy generation, that Yeasayer doesn’t quite know how to edit itself, that it tends to make music by throwing everything in and seeing what sticks. That doesn’t stop this breed of danger from being totally infectious fun. You’ve been warned.
Yeasayer perform Saturday, April 17, 9 p.m., at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., SF. Sleigh Bells open. $20. (415) 346-6000. livenation.com