A few years ago, cult fave Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti was
either opening for Panda Bear or relegated to
headlining The Echo‘s cramped upstairs space. But on Saturday, the performer (Ariel Rosenberg) and his band
showed they’re entirely capable of selling out the Echoplex, with its 660–person
capacity, with no outside promotion.
For most of the performance, fans gathered close
to the stage, where they danced and sang
along to older songs like “For Kate I Wait” and “Getting High in the
Morning,” as well as offerings from Ariel Pink’s latest, “Before Today,” their purest, most complete recording. Unlike previous shows where the band emphasized its low-fi style, on this occasion the musicians appeared determined
to replicate previously recorded versions
of their songs, ultimately departing from
the more complex arrangements that
made an Ariel Pink show an extra special treat.
Nevertheless, songs from “Before Today” proved a hit with the crowd, especially “Round and Round,” an obvious fan
Rosenberg, wearing a red women’s jumper-dress, refrained from his usual antics: no candy bars
were hidden under the dress then devoured on stage; the use of puppets was noticeably absent, which was just as well, since the music — consistently
professional — spoke for itself.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti is slated
to tour through Oct. 1, hitting all the
tour will pair them with the Flaming