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i have nothing constructive to say at all.
how good were they compared to previous shows?
Not really looking forward to it at all but I am going with my girlfriend and mates. I'll go to the bar.
David Keenan on Friday though!!
manage to get tickets to their shows earlier this year but saw them at King's College, ULU and Astoria when they were touring Funeral. The Kings's College gig was simply the best gig I've been to. Tonight was the best gig I've seen at Brixton and I have been going to Brixton for quite a few years.
...but it was only good i thought. saw them last year and was very likley the best gig of my life (and i'm no spring chicken) but tonight was only very good, not great. maybe it was the large size of venue or general atmosphere (lots of wanna be's there) but it wasn't that 'special' to me... the band didn't seem too enthused either tbh...
Yep. It was good. But not that memorable.
Win was palpably disappointed at an audience that clearly wasn't demonstrative as he wanted ('This is a big motherfucking library,' was a choice remark). Yet what he expects when such bitchy comments were all there was in the way of interaction, I don't know. Regine, on the other hand, seemed to be having a ball. Perhaps Win should shut the fuck up and leave the charm to his other half.
Besides, when you 'make it', and by your own design at that (this is no Gossip style ascension; Arcade Fire have sought out the success they are reaping at the moment), you need to understand that your crowd will not continue to be one of dedicates and cognoscenti. Funnily enough, I saw Belle and Sebastian die here a few years back thanks to a crowd of disinterested liggers. Only a stack of familiar Funeral numbers saved the Fire from a similar crash tonight.
I get the impression that they might be adapting to the step up in venue size concurrent with their new-found box-office. And by the end they seemed to be getting to grips with it. I expect Saturday will be awesome. But, you know, Win is going to have to drop his 'Why are you so quiet?' shtick and concentrate on giving the punters something to make a noise. Otherwise he may find himself accused of losing his head up his own arse.
They put on one hell of a show though, despite their slightly petulant leader.
any gigs last year.
I would agree with the above. Most of the petulance about the crowd being quiet came after playing two of the lesser tracks from the new album in a row.
But a very good show nonetheless.
they played their old stuff with much more vigour than the new stuff. I had a great time anyway.
'The No'. I just thought they were alright. I guess your expectations are raised as the gigs a couple of years were pretty much the best gigs I've ever been to. My gripe is bands who play 4 nights at Brixton. You're never going to get a good atmosphere. Brixton gigs always used to be an event - even if the band played two nights...my evening was summed up by some twit and his girlfriend who decided to stand in front of me in the cm of space half way through the gig and then got aggressive when we asked him to move! He stood there motionless for the rest of the gig and then left before the encore. I hate sounding pretentious but people like this are really ruining my gig experiences. Patrick Wolf was good though!
That comment pretty much ruined the gig for me. There is a difference between getting the crowed fired up and just making snide comments.
mr wolf supporting tonight?
see them on monday in glasgow, i thought it was good but not the best gig i ever went to, and it finished so early
Yer jellied eel loving poncey southern bastards!!!
(I am actually from Essex)
I'm in agreement with this lot. I felt let down last night. For whatever reason they didn't really click with the crowd. they were tight, sounded good, played great songs, but somehow the 'magic' wasn't there. weird. then win started coming out with things like 'why are you all so fucking quiet?' and 'wake the fuck up!' and that just nailed it home. I actually feel a little depressed about it
...after what i experienced the last time i was there audience-wise. never again.
that i didnt like the atmosphere at the venue. It seemed as if it was just me and the bunch of people in the middle front who were realy getting into it. I still loved it because the arcade fire are my favourite band.