It's impossible to keep up with everything that's going on when they play. The set-up is simple--piano, bass, and drums--and they start off with an almost elemental straightforwardness, each player contributing a short, repetitive pattern that weaves in and out of the others as it builds in pace and intensity. When they really hit a groove, I sometimes heard sounds I couldn't place; as soon as I figured out where it was coming from, the whole thing changed.
Much of the crowd seemed to be from out of town, which isn't a surprise considering that the Australian band is only playing five dates in the U.S. on this tour--two nights in New York and two nights in Chicago in addition to Knoxville. It was the group's second appearance here after last year's Big Ears.