...were ruddy bloody awesome.
That is all. :-)
was in the house, too, I hear... tell me he didn't do a set of his own. On the other hand...
Sufjan on Afraid Of Everyone, Nico on Sorrow, and both on Terrible Love. IT WAS AMAZING.
let's get the rumours started...
I am going to be the saddest person ever.
I'm going tonight. When did Sufjan come on? Encore. I've got to leave at 10.45 to catch my last train. If he was on during encore last night I might book a youth hostel!
Afraid Of Everyone was during the main set, Terrible Love was in the encore. I'm pretty sure he'll be on tonight...
my friends dropped out on me and now I'm going tonight by myself, and I hate going to gigs by myself http://tinyurl.com/25ytqjr
So if any DiSers fancy letting me tag along with them I will repay you with beer and massive, massive bants*
*bants not guaranteed
One of the all-time great encores last night - ended at 10:50 by playing Vanderlyle with all the mics turned off except for the brass section, with the audience singing along as Matt bellowed it out to the crowd mic-less and raw-throated. Really moving, especially as it was straight after he went walkabout during Mr November.
Vanderlyle was very special, even from high up in the seating area it felt intimate and personal.
the band huddled together in the centre stage and without mics they suddenly seemed very vulnerable, really special end to a fantastic gig
However, massive moshpit for Abel with Matt in the centre was good enough. I guess
People kept shouting for Lucky You and at the time the one album of theirs I didn't have was Dirty Songs. That's now become pretty much one of my fav National songs, proof they can do simple, heartfelt songs as well as anyone in the business
Very much so. I didn't even realise Sufjan was there but it was excellent. Afraid of Everyone, Abel and Sorrow were all particular highlights for me, as well as the afore mentioned beauty of Vanderlyle.
But still, I am EXCITED.
pretty bold to come out with a slow one but it worked.
Here a video of Vanderlyle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQh9yUv_Rx4
Bit late I know but, got one going- if interested pm me before 5 or I will have left work. Bang'in.
Vanderlyle was amazingly intimate, easily one of the best songs I've ever seen live. I was right down the front aswell, but looking round and seeing everyone in the place, including the seating area, giving the band their undivided attention was great.
Other than that, Abel and England were the highlights for me. There was a few High Violet songs that could have been chopped I think- 'Little Faith' and 'Sorrow' or 'Lemonworld' perhaps- in favour of some Alligator tunes- maybe 'Baby We'll Be Fine' and 'All The Wine'- and I wish they'd played 'Start A War'. Do they ever play 'About Today' anymore either? Love that song.
That's just minor complaints though- I guess it was the High Violet tour so playing the whole album made sense- and it was still up there with the best shows i've ever seen. They're a whole different band live. I love them on record but on stage they really do bring something else.
are rumoured to be joined The National tonight...
both were excellent but they didn't play Abel and would have loved to see Start a War. Would liked to have seen more Alligator in Glasgow aswell but it worked well as it was.
anyone know the set times? want to make sure I catch Phosphorescent
8pm I think. The National are on at 9.15.
Saw them in Bristol and they played 'Lucky You' 'Available' 'Abel' AND 'All The Wine'
It was fuckin phenomenal. Unfortunately people didnt seem to know the pre-Boxer songs - WWWWTTTTFFFFF.
They're the two best pre-Alligator songs i reckon. The 'About Today' live version on Spotify is amazing- really want to see them do that live one day.
So not sure I could handle it live. Amazing song though. They even played the intro to Slipping Husband because someone shouted a request, might've died if they played that...
No he didn't.
Think I know who I believe...
I never saw him! Richie played on most of the High Violet songs though, I saw no one else from Arcade Fire anywhere. Maybe there were backstage though.
No About Today which was the only damp spot, when they played that at the ballroom show I wasn't familiar with it, now it's one of my favourite.
A couple of early ones last night, Available, Lucky You, also got Secret Meeting which was great. Soho Riots was one of my highlights.
Was surprised that Mr November aside a lot of people didn't seem to know the Alligator tracks.
They've too many songs to fit into even 100 minute show and keep everyone happy. Wish they'd get some UK dates on that euro tour in Feb!
let me know. i am in the oxford street area if you want to pick them up.
I'm stuck down in Horsham and going to have to rely on trains, which is filling me with impending doom. Might have to alert a friend with a plea to let me sleep on their floor if needed.
I saw them four years ago at Koko and they weren't really anything special, but they've really improved as a live act since then.
Would've liked to see them play About Today, but then again there were people chatting around me so it would've meant I'd have to have killed them and that would be awkward.
i saw them at the buffalo bar playing to no people and they were something special already
differs from mine then. Yeesh.
I just absolutely fucking adore this band and have never seen them play a duff show. But they've *always* been special. Didn't mean to be so spiky, I get defensive where they're concerned is all.
They're my favourite band of the past decade so I hear where you're coming from. I guess I was just a bit underwhelmed when I saw them the first time.
At ATP 2008 they were amazing, and again on Tuesday.
It'll be the fourth time i've seen them this year and although i'm looking forward to it massively i've a feeling it'll be disappointing compared to the other shows. This will be entirely the fault of the venue mind you.
My train has been cancelled so can't get to this tonight... So pissed off at the minute...
I can't see the gig being cancelled. Although obviously some people aren't going to make it, I think Essex and Kent / Sussex are bad. Here in Herts there is nothing, and their was no ground cover in Brixton last night.
that get me there on time are cancelled but just checked and I might be able to get there from another station...
Anyone interested? Send me a PM if so
somewhat ironically has meant that I AM going tonight. The suddenness and surprise has made it so much more exciting!!!!!!
Thank you random-man-stuck-in-Kent-from-Twitter.
but kinda let down by Brixton's sound. Also, I seemed to be surrounded by EEEEEEY LAAAAAADS kind of people and a guy shouting "WEST HAAAAM!" which made me sad.
NO SUFJAN :(
Really picked the wrong night to go, would have loved to see Menomena too.
as I let my tickets go to waste due to a combination of weather, lethargy and having already seen them twice this year.
The sound was predictably awful, so ludicrously bassy that everything else gets lost. Wish it had been anywhere else.
The acoustic Vanderlyle was absolutely magical although somewhat tarnished by comfortably the worst singer i've ever heard joining in directly to the right of my ear.
I'm not looking foward to it so much now :(
The National definitely count for this
I liked the sound (depends where you stand, I suppose) and Brixton as a venue, generally speaking. Matt's voice was pretty ragged though - gave him some extra charm I suppose even if the high notes got croaky.
Was perfectly central and at the little barrier bit in the middle of the room last night and it was awful. It's awful upstairs, it's awful round the side balcony-ish bits just not a great venue soundwise really.
last night. Enough said.
I think I'm getting too old for gigs. I actually hated most people there last night.
I guess I got really lucky because there were absolutely none near me even during About Today.
Pavement in May was absolutely ridiculous for it though, I just left early it was that bad.
They just didn't seem engaged with many of the songs except stuff off High Violet. Even 'Abel' couldn't get them going - and hearing 'All the wine' get lukewarm applause was embarrasing! It's ALL THE WINE for gods sake!
very strange experience. Even 1yr ago the thought of hearing them play All The Wine live was enough to implode indie music as a whole but nobody was that bothered by it :(
I've seen them play All the Wine about 5 times now and i'm always a little underwhelmed by it live, totally the opposite of nigh on every single other song i've seen them play but the "All safe and sound" bit is so good on the record but never quite reaches the same level of brilliance live for me.
FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF
but prize goes to the bloke next to us who spent all night (ALL NIGHT) doing personal admin on his iphone with its bright bloody screen in my line of vision. I'd prefer you to record a track or two than spend hours setting the alarm or whatever the **** you were ****ing doing you ****.
I was at the Electric Ballroom show and the RAH show the day after but I don't know if it was the sound man or that they are just alot more comfortable as a live band now. Matt's vocals were less broken up. Amazing.
That was one of my all-time favourite shows
but the only let down was they didn't come close to the Leccy show in May. Relish it - I doubt we'll get the chance to see them in such environs ever again.
Rumours of Arenas is worrying. I feel they are a band who feed off an audience, and arenas are just hyowge cattle parlous.
As I heard differently?
It was just Richard thingy from Arcade Fire as far as I'm aware. I don't really know what Sufjan Stevens looks like though so couldn't confirm. Definitely no Win Butler though.
i've seen some great gigs there over the years but locals to the area who go way more regularly always say the sound is bad there.
I thought they hadn't played that in years?
I was hoping for either about today or lucky you but we got neither, still an amazing set and gig!
You should have asked for Cherry Tree.