Given his sartorial stage name and his ear for R&B beats and avant-pop minimalism, Tom Krell of How to Dress Well certainly sounds like someone who could compose an excellent soundtrack for a runway show. This weekend, though, he brings his three-piece live band to the more rock-and-roll environs of Brighton Music Hall to play songs from his sophomore LP, September’s Total Loss, a record that’s as energetic as it is crushing, see-sawing between quick dance pop and stark experimentalism.
This time around, the band’s ever-changing live setup includes a violin, a piano, a synthesizer, a table full of electronics, a sampler full of guitar sounds, a drum machine, and video projections. “The live show is very dynamic,” explains Krell from his current home, Chicago. “It goes from a capella singing without a mic, to a capella singing with a mic, to slow songs with piano and violin, to overwhelming walls of noise, real heavy-hitters. All the way from a naked voice to complete walls of sound. The set is quite emotional, quite intense.”
As for his personal style aesthetic? “Right now I’m wearing Zoom Kobe VIs by Nike. They’re black and red with a white swoosh and silver snake print,” says Krell. “I’m wearing these green twill-y pants from Tokyo. I bought them at this great shop, Journal Standard. Then I’m wearing a tall tee from the corner store. I bought it at Walgreens for 99 cents. And a big, baggy, black Nike jumper that I got in central Germany.” Get a glimpse of his style yourself when he plays Brighton Music Hall on Sunday with openers o F F Love.
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