When: Fri., Oct. 18, 10 p.m. 2013
Audubon Park doesn't make records in order to have something to tour behind for the next several years; rather, Audubon Park makes records so that five old friends can hang out long enough to record some music, play one show and spend the next several years living their five separate lives in three different states. Indeed, since the release of 2011's athletic and eclectic Passion, Audubon Park has played exactly zero shows.
"I may be forgetting one in there," confirms member Matt Kalb, laughing. "But it might be none."
Yet Audubon Park's third album, Crazy Crazy for Feeling, is their best work yet, reveling in the sort of technical twists and stylistic sideshows that bands spend months sorting through in a practice space. Instead, the five pals have been passing demos to one another via email for the better part of this year.
Kalb, Robert Biggers and Ben Spiker—the three members who remain in the Triangle—reconfigure songwriter David Nahm's ideas and recirculate them to the band. They recorded the splendid Crazy Crazy in one weekend at a house in Chatham County and mixed it in another weekend.
"It was like we were having a kids' sleepover party. We'd record and watch stupid movies," Kalb explains. "It was an amazing time that let us relax and work."
Despite the infamously sporadic and duty-free activity of the band, Crazy Crazy is a fascinating and curious 12-song affair. "Closed Drapes" mixes the jangly with the droll, not unlike the best of the Silver Jews, before sprinting off into wild-eyed and wonderful guitar solos. "Tarantula, Dude" drifts through a slinking sort of soul, bittersweet harmonies cast over dark bass and bright keys. The indie rock dudes charmingly approximate black metal for "Hillsborough Nightfall," just after taking on the slow, graceful countenance of a Muscle Shoals session band for "Lady Western."
"Even though we're having fun, I feel like the music feels more mature," Kalb says. "It's a grown-up piece of work."
Beloved Binge and Erie Choir open, and Audubon Park's David Nahm and Des Ark's Aimee Argote will perform something like stand-up comedy. Finn Cohen will also show his Jazz Troll: An Important Film. —Grayson Currin