The New Pornographers

Brill Bruisers (Matador)

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Saturday Reviews

The New Pornographers

Brill Bruisers (Matador)

Experiencing the death of his mother and then the birth of his first son, frontman Carl Newman welcomed a return to this Canadian collective's uptempo energy on Brill Bruisers, the New Pornographers' sixth LP. The opening title track instantly redirects the subtle ebb of immediate predecessors Challengers (2007) and Together (2010), its brawny, sweeping totality a musical submersion with little respite. "Hi-Rise" totes a futuristic quality, Newman divulging the band's incorporation of iPad apps to enhance recording. Neko Case-sung standout "Champions Of Red Wine" levels the otherwise upbeat 13-track disc, before Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar's "War on the East Coast" returns momentum upward – both tunes a reminder of the supergroup's devastating skill. (5:55pm, Orange stage)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend

Kevin Curtin, Nov. 14, 2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Sunday Reviews
Iron Reagan

Michael Toland, Nov. 7, 2014

More New Pornographers
Saturday ACL Fest Interview: Ought
Saturday ACL Fest Interview: Ought
Refreshed sounds and selves accompany post-punk quartet after break

Rachel Rascoe, Oct. 6, 2017

My Little Red Book
Don't All Thank Me at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller
Seminal pop savant uncovered

Michael Toland, June 17, 2016

More Music Reviews
Review: Holy Wave, <i>Five of Cups</i>
Review: Holy Wave, Five of Cups
Five of Cups (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2023

Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, <i>Emergency Leisure</i>
Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, Emergency Leisure
Emergency Leisure (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 4, 2023

More by Neph Basedow
Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Our favorite picks from across the country

Dec. 30, 2016

Critics Poll
Critics Poll

Dec. 30, 2016


Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, New Pornographers

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle