Invisible Familiars performed at the Baby’s Alright in Williamsburg on Dec 3rd 2014 at 10:30pm, followed by a DJ set by the multi-talented Sean Lennon. The show was an event to showcase Invisible Familiars debut album, Disturbing Wildlife, which is going to be released on January 27th 2015 on Other Music/ Fat Possum. Invisible Familiars is a quirky, whimsical, eclectic, and multi layered band from New York. The band has received a lot of attention from their performances at CMJ and has thusly received positive reviews from “The New York Times” “Relix” and “Stereogum.”
The show was composed very well with very little hiccups, whenever there was an issue with a mic front man Jared Samuel would, in a very debonair manner, alert the guys in the back with a small wave or a funny remark; often chatting up with his friends at the DJ Booth and with the audience in general. This interaction enabled an ability to set up a comfortable atmosphere to feel free to dance, vibe out, and really get an understanding of the music in its fullness and entirety.
The ambiance was rich with a sort of “Doors” and “Dandy Warhol” energy with one of the musicians wearing a fez and another sitting calm and poised using a tambourine, blue lights like a low cloud hanging around them absorbing the bold arrangements. One of the songs the band performed was “Clever Devil,” it is redolent of a hazy afternoon at Burning Man and with a front man like Jared Samuel it is no surprise. Jared is a true music man, speaking in the verse of a man who has been speaking the tongue of musicality from a young age and the instrumentalists were on the same accord. Jared says that despite playing music so long he has managed to stay humble and unjaded and prefers good energy and to get lost in music, recently finding himself musically and spiritually recently, which is in conjunction with the lyrics on the album, especially “Heavenly All” : “Talking to myself again, craving heavy metal, the past is when I close my eyes, its alright its alright. This is all the hope I have, of ever getting better…its all..heavenly all..”
The live band was comprised of Tim Kuhl on percussion, Jordyn Blakely on Drums and Vocals, Robbie Seahag on Guitar, Jared Samuel on Vocals and Bass. Featured on the album are the likes of Nels Cline, Jolie Holland, and members of Cibo Matto and more. If you want to see Invisible Familiar’s check out their facebook for updates and tour info. Also, there is a cool video the band did for “Shaking Through” on vimeo which shows a session with Invisible Familiars. Their website is also very funny, if you want to be amused you should check it out.
Article by: Marissa Mireles