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Canyon's November 2002 live performance at the New York City club Arlene's Grocery was captured remarkably well by DCN (Digital Club Network) on Live in NYC, showcasing how Canyon's swirling and fractured space rock transfers to a live setting wonderfully. The band are in excellent form as they trounce through six songs from their sophomore release, Empty Rooms, one presumably new composition in the slightly countrified "Rio Grande Rail," and two covers, the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire" and a Neil Young tune, "Cortez the Killer," which closes the set with eight and a half minutes of a slow-building elliptical progression as a bed for ribbons of distorted and treated guitar work. The entire Live in NYC album never breaks a mid-tempo stride; instead, Canyon play almost underwater, crying out through upper-register tremolo guitar and queasy organ lines that push psychedelic overtones into the fold. It is nice to hear a document provide a window into the talents of a promising band pulling off an unstrained performance without the safety net of studio trickery, which makes Live in NYC augment Canyon's catalog very nicely.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Evoking the ghosts of Neil Young, Pink Floyd, and Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, the five members of Canyon are individuals who have made their own reinvention into an art form. The band, featuring members of emo rock forerunners Boys Life and Farewell Bend and Slowdime Records founder John Wall, uses the standard lineup of acoustic guitar, bass, and drums to construct simple skeletons of country rock ballads, and proves to be a far cry from their former musical endeavors. Adding lap steel, harmonium,...
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