New Fries Making Box Theatre, Guelph ON, July 17
Published Jul 18, 2015Introducing themselves with an instrumental exercise that fed some slinky, all-over-the-fretboard guitar experimentation and plunging key plinks and plunks into a tension-building bass drone, it was clear from the start of New Fries' Making Box set that the band would provide Incline/Decline with a different experience than the one offered on the group's tape debut.
New Fries have been playing shows with keyboardist Ryan Carley (Kite Hill, Ohbijou) since they released last year's Fresh Face Forward, but they've only more recently started to let his instrumentation guide their overall sound. At last night's Making Box set (July 17), that meant Guelph got to hear a dreamier, fuller sounding New Fries between the looser half-dozen no wave tracks that used to comprise their sets. The new songs are denser affairs, but they're still painted with the stream of consciousness exorcisms and angular literacy the band was founded on. It's fantastic watching this band evolve.