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Anyone know who is supporting at the apollo in manchester tonight and stage times??
im goin tommora :D
finally got through to the admin people
spectrum - 7.45
mbv - 9.00
even though my friends are dropping out one by one
was fucking incredible
the isn't anything material was really stunning compared to the production on the album which just so lifeless in comparison.. feed me with your kiss was savage..
every man and his dog must av been to see them.
my mate who went to 1 ICA gig and 1 Roundhouse gig said this shit all over them both, performance and volume-wise.
some of the faces of crowd members about 20 minutes into the holocaust were priceless.
there were a lot of people around me who simply couldn't hack it and had to leave. I went without earplugs in the end but, with tinnitus rattling round my head, I'm not sure how wise that decision was.
But still, what a fucking gig. Christ.
i whipped out my free earplug packet and got them on standby.
didn't have them properly in, just half in to take that top end screeching away. took them out 3 or 4 times throughout, after each time it got louder, and it was literally ridiculous. all these jet engine comparisons are so true, though im tempted to say tonight they were louder than any jetplane on earth. i kept looking up, i started to get a bit para about the bits of the roof falling off in this old theatre.
but, being an idiot, I decided to see what all the fuss was about when they started playing You Made Me Realise so I took them out. They weren't joking, it really is fucking insane. I thought Mogwai Fear Satan was loud live but that was streets ahead.
Couldn't help but notice the distinct smell of skunk at that point, too. And I was delighted they played Thorn, what a great song.
about 4 or 5 songs off the end, the volume seemed to jump up a substantial amount, and the guitars started to get painful, but i held out til the holocaust.
well, i've finally seen MBV, one of my favourite bands ever. very content tonight.
The early tracks were ferocious
tinnitus lasts forever, it's a condition.
you don't get tinnitus then lose it a day later.
I had earplugs in for the entire gig, apart from a few minutes of the holocaust.
Jesus fuck the gig was powerful.
Gutted they didn't play Honey Power though.
way too quiet w/ strange sound-levels, quite a few mistakes, and although the venue was fantastic i didnt think there was much of an atmosphere.
but then again most people seem to think the Roundhouse was much better than ICA. i probably know nothing.
by the time it'd had got to Feed Me With Your Kiss and Sueisfine?
i thought the volume really kicked up then.
drummer made a few mistakes, but i thought the sound/performance overall was great.
it's hard to get good sound in such large venues in my opinion, that's the best i've ever heard in the apollo, and i doubt it's sounded better, it's always dire. that place managed to ruin the Arcade Fire for a me.
compared to the last two times id seen them. didnt use earplus at all, and no ringing this morning.
just for 75% of the holocaust
YOU MUST BE HARD AS NAILS M8.
p.s why does Shields play Only Shallow wrong????
my mate who went to the ICA and roundhouse said last night was louder. STRANGE
especially as i was in virtually the same position for roundhouse and appolo
the loudest gig ive ever see nat the apollo, and ive seen a milliuon gigs there, it was unbelievable, anyone who says it was quiet is just either deaf or trying to look 'hard'
i was saying that in relation to the ICA and Roundhouse it seemed quiet
im with it now, well i cant comment on that asi didnt go to wither, just the manchester one
Although one of my friends was talking to the soundman after the band finished soundchecking and he reckoned they hit 140db at one point during practice. First half of the set did seem quiet by MBV standards at any rate, while the second half, although louder, didn't seem anywhere near the same earsplitting levels as the Roundhouse last Saturday in particular.
Thought "The Holocaust" seemed a tad longer though. 25-30 minutes maybe.
for good measure!
the tunes were ace but it sounded awful, far too much backing track and the (deliberately, I know) submerged vocals were just frustrating and distracting. Plus they REALLY need a synth player rather than just someone triggering samples that the drummer isn't in time with. It wasn't really until halfway through the set - when I took my earplugs out and realised it wasn't really that loud - that I started to enjoy it - To Here Knows When (despite the balls up at the start where you could hear just how much was on backing track) and Only Shallow were incredible. The holocaust really was everything people said it would be too, at times I could feel my whole ribcage vibrating, though even weirder was when my eyelashes and tongue started to wobble - now THAT was unique. The projections were great too.
It was a great gig but I agree they were too reliant on backing tracks. I thought the drummer was sensational. It was no louder than a normal gig - certainly not loud enough to prevent the fucking wanker in front of me talking to his fat, ugly, annoying bird throughout.
feature of these shows so far its been the incredible drumming of Colm O'Ciosoig throughout.
what about the 3 or 4 times he forgot to change beat/come in/finish at the right time?
the other 3 kept turning around and giving him v dodgy looks.
last night - Might have been on 'Nothing Much To Lose' I think(?) when Shields seemed to give him a filthy look but aside from that I thought he was pretty faultless.
last night was completely stunning, but it was the first time ive seen them so no basis for comparison. volume was quite comfortable for the first half of the set and then my mate turned around said, 'have you noticed how its got slowly louder?' went for the ear plugs after to here knows when. i recorded the entire of you made me realise on my camera. it clocks in at 30mins 29secs. the best sound i have ever heard.