Cibo Matto - Crescent Ballroom - 2/21/14 (VIDEO)
Photos by Mike Durham Cibo Matto performs on Friday at Crescent Ballroom.
It's been a minute since the NYC-based band, whose name means "crazy food" in Italian has graced a Valley stage. And by a minute, we mean close to 15 years. Last night, supporting their first release in about that same amount of time, Cibo Matto took over Crescent Ballroom to play some old favorites and bust out some new tunes from their recent full-length, Hotel Valentine -- aptly released on the annual day of all things ooey-gooey, February 14. Last night's lineup featured co-founders Yuka Honda and Mito Hatori, along with drummer Yuko Araki, who came on board in 2011, and bassist Jared Samuels. The latter two made their onstage appearance during the fourth song.
As a duo, they kicked it off with "Sugar Water," the hypnotic, mellow-but-persistent dance-y track that was one of the popular tracks from 1996's Viva! La Woman, their first offering that brought a slew of flies to their musical honey. The show's start seemed a little slow, not in a way that left you wondering what you were in store for but more like the band locking into both the environment and sound levels.
It definitely snapped into place shortly after and the energy built throughout the night. The crowd was definitely along for the ride -- the very full room was rapt till the final moment, joining in with some singing at every chance and definitely rolling with the fused-up trip hop grooves as they ranged from slow and sweet to trippy synth-y to hip-hop bounce, often a blend of all that and that ubiquitous bag of chips.