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April 20, 2006
If the "true freak" quality that enables permanent hope for future rockers and artists holds up, then the Fiery Furnaces have arrived. The come-and-go quality of most bands will be gone when these guys are ripping it up in their 50s. Matt Freidberger is an amazingly wicked guitartist with severe ADD who cops choppy 80s new wave guitar riffs. Eleanor has a built-in intensity and anger that will never fully dissipate. Tonight they played an all-rock set, drums, bass, electric guitar, vocals. They tore the scene to pieces. An unforgettable evening, even if it is difficult to sing their songs afterwards.