March 20, 2006

SXSW Report #6: I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness @ Emo's Outside Stage

Once Meneguar’s set ended I walked back to the outside stage of Emo’s to see local band I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness. This awesomely-named quartet has been creeping on a come-up for the last three years. I realized how long I’ve been following this band when I started arguing with the guy standing next to me about how much one of their original members sucked.

Chosen Darkness has slowly built up a fan base large enough to command headliner status (at least in their hometown), while simultaneously honing their sound to the point where they now do a better Interpol than Interpol themselves. It helps that, unlike Paul Banks, guitarist Christian Goyer can actually sing.

Their set focused exclusively on songs from their recently released debut album Fear Is on Our Side. It was the first Chosen Darkness show I’ve seen in a while in which I could actually hear all three guitarists in the mix! As much as I love going to shows at Emo’s, I have to admit that their soundmen usually can’t handle lineups more complicated than a power trio. It was beautiful to finally hear the swirling reverb-drenched interplay exactly as it was intended to be heard.

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