Recap: Son Lux at Gabe’s for Mission Creek


photo by Jordan Gale/The Daily Iowan

Son Lux’s appearance at Gabes, 330 E. Washington St., marked the band’s first performance in Iowa City, and it is sure to leave an impact. The trio hailing from Brooklyn, New York, have been celebrating the release of their critically acclaimed album Bones with a tour across the country.

The post-rock outfit’s use of drums and electric guitar—ostensibly standard pieces of a band—paired with a synthesizer and a small army of drumpads allowed them to craft complex and perfectly paced sonic structures, wrought with propulsive tension and tender trimmings.

Highlights of the night included the band’s live adaptation of “Easy,” one of the standout tracks on Son Lux’s 2013 album Lanterns. The song—originally a deep-grooving slow jam whose scattered skitters beautifully coalesce around the singer’s voice—was nearly unrecognizable from the original.

The song performed at Gabe’s was—though equally tight in form and balanced in rhythm—instead, a hard-hitting dynamo executed by the classically-trained drummer sitting at the rear of the stage.

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