photos by Susana Meza
Each day of the Chicago broadcast, we will podcast one of the live performances from Engine Studios. Today, we are presenting Beirut‘s fantastic session, which features four new songs from their upcoming, and much anticipated, album The Flying Cup Club, due out next Tuesday on Ba Da Bing.
Those who hear Zach Condon and his traveling band, which sometimes consists of up to nine other members, are often surprised to learn that the very European sounds come from a band based out of New York. Blending Parisian and Balkan styles, Beirut has explores an Old World niche rarely sought by other indie bands. Surely, Condon’s experiences as a busker on the streets of Paris have influenced the theatrical style he and the rest of the “ramshackle orchestra” that is Beirut partake on stage, and you’re not likely to see another band leader jump from one instrument to the next as often as he does.
Here’s what John Richards had to say about their performance:
They came off an overnight drive from Montreal to play on KEXP, which we really appreciated. Some bands wouldn’t have made the trip early, but they did. They were tired and road weary but ready to play. You see them and they’re so funny and nice to be around and you just want to put ‘em up in a nice hotel for hot showers and take em out to buy nice new clothes. They’d say no, but you just want to take care of them to make sure they’re playing music for years.
In studio they set up and circled around one another with no less then 3 people in there taking pictures, including our friends from Pitchfork. They played 5 songs from the new album plus one traditional song. Then they signed off on us launching them on a podcast, packed up and continued on their journey, heading for a show in Chicago Thursday night and then the around the world — this is a band you should support.
If you want to support Beirut, they playing several shows in the U.S. before heading over to Europe. Check out the dates on their MySpace page. You can bet they’ll be back next year touring behind The Flying Cup Club, which hits stores next Tuesday!
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