They Might Be Giants Celebrate Massive Career In NYC [Exclusive Photos]
With 16 albums and more than 30 years of music under their belts, New York City indie faves They Might Be Giants are still standing tall. Saturday night (Nov. 1), with support from Miniature Tigers, they celebrated their legacy with a terrific hometown show at Terminal 5, where they played their 1986 debut album in full.
The friendship between longtime band leaders John Finnell and John Flansburg is evident onstage, and it’s easy to see why these multi-instrumentalists have been partners in crime for so long.
Their charm and humor were undeniable, whether they were playing old favorites ‘Don’t Let’s Start,’ ’32 Footsteps’ and ‘Rhythm Section Ad’ or ranting about the symmetrical complexities of the harmonica. TMBG are touring in behind the new record ‘Nanobots,’ and in addition to revisiting their first LP, they performed fresh tunes from the album, including the title track and ‘You’re on Fire.’
Opening acts Miniature Tigers were less forceful onstage, and given their generic sound and singer Charlie Brand’s painful falsetto, they couldn’t compete with the Giants. Bassist Brandon Lee was the most captivating sight during their 30 minute set, providing groovy bass lines and consistent energy. On record, the band comes across as inventive and imaginative, but it doesn’t quite translate to their live performance — at least not yet.
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