November 14, 2006 - Neumo’s - Seattle, WA
by Dagmar Patterson
Shy Child, a duo from New York City, put on an energetic and crowd-winning opening show for Hot Chip on Tuesday night at Neumo’s. The audience for Hot Chip was hard to win over, co-openers Born Ruffians had stuff thrown at them and then alienated the crowd by insulting Seattle’s landmark Space Needle. Born Ruffians’ music style just did not match Hot Chip’s synth brilliance. Shy Child, on the other hand, went perfectly.
Vocalist and keyboardist Pete Cafarella nailed every song with charm and warmth. Drummer Nate Smith was purely stunning. The style of music, jerky with rhythm changes--it’s kind of heart attack music with syncopation--had several dancing on the main floor, especially two stylish girls in front who really got it. Shy Child is a stylish band, and I say this in a flattering way--they are of the moment for sure. If you doubt me, listen to their song, “Summer.” It was stunning live and this band’s appeal sets them above most of the synth music out there.
More on Shy Child: www.shychild.com / www.myspace.com/shychildmusic.