Concert Review: Faust, July 15, Jam Factory

Photo by C.L

A unique venue and a suffocating heat wave set the stage nicely for Krautrock legends faUSt. Known for their experimental, avant-garde style of music, faUSt has always been about unsettling the spaces that they were in and frankly, when you have to watch a show in 35 degree heat in a packed room, you feel quite unsettled.

Often known for unique instruments, the trio, led by Jean-Herve Peron, didn’t quite bring the pinball machines or chainsaws that had garnered some fame in previous shows but still managed to bang on the occasional metallic things that surrounded the makeshift stage. Musically diverse, the band’s sound took many twists and turns, ranging from percussive heavy industrial sounding noise to surprisingly groovy guitar tracks that had people tapping their feet.

From the ever changing landscape of their sounds to the visual aesthetics (including a local artist who was just knitting on stage) to the fierce nature of Jean-Herve Peron himself (at one point, he said to a person who was talking a lot, “It’s not your show, it’s MY SHOW”), faUSt put on a show that appealed to many senses. I was not at all familiar with the band, but when I go to see a new act, all I want to experience is something that I haven’t experienced before. Safe to say, faUSt filled that quota pretty easily.

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