Las Vegas Weekly's Five Thoughts about the Las Vegas show. Here are the 3 about BRAIDS:
1. Braids has just taken the stage, and although the
floor is full of bodies, many are too busy having their own
conversations or taking selfies to actually notice. This makes for a
miffed fan—especially since I’m more excited to see this opener than
headlining Purity Ring.
2. No waiting here: Braids plays my favorite song,—“Sore Eyes” off April album Deep in the Iris—second.
The dance-forward track’s lyrics are even more indecipherable live, so
I’m wondering how many people know it’s actually about watching porn.
The song builds layer upon layer of synth and percussion—the vast
electronics swell and the kick-drum swallows Taylor Smith’s quick,
gritty synth-beats. There are only three members in Braids, but each
adds something important to the mix. It makes for a gigantic sound so
beautiful it’s almost overwhelming.
3. “We just
played that song so hard we killed a microphone,” singer Raphaelle
Standell-Preston says. Drummer Austin Tufts’ overhead drum mic is blown,
but the percussionist carries on, filling every space with hyperactive
energy until it’s time to make way for Purity Ring. Braids closes with
current single “Miniskirt,” and the crowd cheers after Standell-Preston
sings its most notable lyrics: “But in my position I’m the slut, I’m the
bitch, I’m the whore, the one you hate.” Before heading off stage, she
pauses to say goodbye. “I don’t want this tour to end … This tour has
been one of the best times of my life.”