Nam Shub Anza Club, Vancouver BC, June 6
Published Jun 08, 2013Though they categorize themselves as experimental post-rock drone, Vancouver's Nam Shub reigned in the drone to focus on upbeat post-rock for this set. Rather, they used the more freewheeling improv drone bits to smooth transitions between more organized material, with Scotty Boe adding radio static and other effects to the fray until the propulsive drums of Matty Harris kicked in and they took flight. This quartet devises the kind of desert-bleached, kraut-y road-trip soundtrack that makes Pontiak and Godspeed You! Black Emperor so addictive. Having kicked off his sandals to play in bare feet, betoqued frontman Bill Young didn't have the strongest voice, coming off a touch less integrated into their evolving, psychedelic metropolis soundscapes live than on their debut album Cascadia. Young's vocals were most effective when he put on more of a trance-like drawl near the end of their set, matching up with some of Caton Diab's most nimble bass work.