by Brian Corliss
In the dim, deceptively spacious basement of (le) Poisson Rouge, Wednesday night's sold-out performance by co-headliners Touché Amoré and mewithoutYou was a mixture of powerful shrills, head-banging instrumentals, and lots and lots of stage dives.
The show opened with a hardcore punk band from Las Vegas, Caravels, who sounded like they were still playing around in their garage—trying too many techniques to find a niche, only to muddle the effectiveness of their sound. Maybe it was an off performance, because their studio work sounds pretty solid. My favorite set of the night came from the California natives Seahaven, though: Strumming heavy pop-punk guitar riffs, the band played just as loud as the others, but were overall more melodious than the rest of the bill.