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Pretty fucking awesome, yeah?
Haven't got the new records yet, but she's definitely moving forwards. She was really vibrant, too, which I find infectious. Stripped down line-up was great, and loved what Ben Christophers brought to the party.
I have to confess though, something was missing. There was a coldness. It might have been the incongruity of her obvious blossoming popstar-ness and the relative pokeyness of the venue; it might have been the pap-like melee of photographers (there must have been a dozen of them); it might have been the adoring but dormant crowd. It was probably that I was sat upstairs with the burgeoning crossover audience, next to a family with two kids and another burly bloke who was singing along in a dull monotone.
But as I left I was thinking that would have been better if it had either been a bit bigger, or a bit smaller. Instead it was in between. It did all feel like she might be about go get really big, though, and that actually might be exciting.
But I wasn't that impressed by Bat for Lashes. She had a few alright tunes, but it bored me. She sounds like shes too heavily indebpted too bjork at times.
If you were bored by B4L...
Despite my better instincts, I actually quite like bits of the Bells record, but I actually felt quite bad for them last night. The album has a whiff of session musician about it, and live they kind of confirmed this for me. Need a drummer. And a great deal less self-consciousness.
A vegetarian Curve.
The lack of drummer wasn't the problem, they just looked bored and had very little chemistry.
I'm not a big B4L fan at all... the records bore me as well. I thought the live show was done really well. I enjoyed bits of it, but I struggled to get into it.
She were reet good though, yes?
...and what struck me is the guitar work that came over better live than it did when I tried to listen to the album. I thought it was quite good but if I'm being honest with myself their vocals start off sounding lovely and then start to bore the heck out of me after about three tracks or so - there just isn't enough difference between how they deliver each song. They most remind me of Lush and I can't listen to a whole album by them either.
As for Bat For Lashes, I'm not sure whether I caught one of the best gigs she's played so far, or I'm more forgiving than most people, as I really enjoyed her performance. Never got bored once and sang all the way through. The venue was nice and small and wasn't too packed either so it felt just intimate enough for me. I can't understand why people seem so discontented with her tour.
As far as I'm concerned it was a good night and since Natasha and the girls from SVIIB are all incredibly gorgeous, I left feeling spoiled. :0)
I was really impressed with the whole performance. SVIIB were really top, although I thought every song was just a chorus. Bat for Lashes were superb,all incredibly versatile musicians. I want a massive timpani now, could feel it shaking my chest.
There was lots of STEPHEN! shouts too, which pleased me. The highlight of this was someone getting the catchphrase wrong and shouting 'I'M HERE!' What a dufus.
I think I preferred the old band though, just 'coz it was a all a bit more theatrical live (though I gather it took about three years for them to really gel). Playing Daniel twice and ignoring Trophy seemed odd, though pretty enjoyable, 'coz I love Daniel. She seemed to be dressed as a pirate clown.
It concerned me. I preferred the low-fi version of Daniel. By far. I really wanted to hear trophy too, but she played everything else I wanted. Cant complain. apart from that I was seated. ggrr