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They're back next year and this time it's Shepherd's Bush, Bush, Bush (April 26th).
the Koko gig was the biggest gig disappointment I've ever had, because of awful acoustics, talkers, people spilling their drink off the balcony on to me etc, so i can't wait to put this right.
and it will suit Antlers so so well. go to this.
but it was disappointing, especially as bought tickets for my step-dad and little sister and so really wanted them to see a great show.
i cant wait to make up for it on thursday!
even though it will be probably the biggest venue they've ever played as a headliner. Bit early for the festival season ? unless they're staying on for, say, Primavera, I reckon there might be one or two more dates but I wouldn't expect a full tour.,
Support from Arthur Beatrice, think they're only selling tickets for the stalls and level one. Still, should be a decent crowd - who's on for it ?
Life flows by so quickly...
Really excited too. They played two new tracks out of a ten track set in Utrecht on Saturday night, I'm going to have a proper scout about for some vids of that tonight I think. Also they played Two, which AFAIK they didn't all of their last tour, so I hope that makes it into the set on Thursday.
tonight and Berlin tomorrow. I think we'll get "Two" as they didn't play it on the Nov/Dec European tour at all apart from in Madrid.
Will be the first time I've seen them, and my first gig for several months. Massively looking forward to it.
Is the support any good?
Female singer - reviews make reference to "shimmering 80''s guitars" , new single "Midland" is available to stream on t'web.
(racial stereotyping klaxon, please).
Where are you getting this, I couldn't find my info on setlift.fm or twitter.
(probably just slowed it down, as per)
It's standing, pm me if you want it. I'll meet you outside the venue
DE SETLIST: No Widows / Atrophy / nieuwe song, voorlopig zonder titel / French Exit / Parentheses / Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out / Two / I Don’t Want Love / Crest / Hounds / Rolled Together // Kettering / Putting the Dog to Sleep.
8:00 pm Arthur Beatrice
In the Defectors Weld drinking Laphroaig with ibuprofen chasers to numb the pain.
Most excited I have been about a gig in ages, despite the fact I have seen them loads recently.
Looking forward to the new songs and my favourite venue.
Thoroughly enjoyed it, first time seeing them live and I wasn't a massive fan before...
Highlights: Parentheses, Hounds, Every Night, Putting the Dog to Sleep, new song sounding upbeat - new direction?? exciting. Mood and lighting was ace with good atmos (not a lot of talking).
Lowlights: the band talking. Seriously guys, learn some audience banter that doesn't detract from the ambience you're creating with the music you're playing.
those lights were incredible from the balcony (Ed Warren who was doing the lights also did the incredible lights for Phoenix when they played Brixton)
highlights: all of it
lowlights: being told they were on at 9:30 and missing a bit of it...
It sounds daft talking about the lights after such a good gig, I normally don't even notice them but they were outstanding and added so much to the gig. Props Mr Warren!
Have they always been so post-rock sounding live? At times it was Explosions in the Sky do pop songs. Great though.
I got lost in a thought about how 'Metal' exists as a genre, why doesn't 'Glass'
a little nod to Philip Glass, but also it makes sense of the fragility of the music that could shatter (you or itself) at any moment.
I have on occasion referred to "glass guitar", seems appropriate
Love the SBE particularly when it isn't sold out downstairs.
<3 Two. I hope i wasn't drunk singing too loud :/
Most of this gig left me cold, and I'd be intrigued to see whether anyone on here agrees with me, or whether I've missed the point. First off: obligatory declaration of how much I love Hospice and Burst Apart, two of the most brutally emotionally (esp. Hospice) and sonically gorgeous (esp. BA) albums I own. I'd never seen the Antlers live before and despite seeing great reviews elsewhere I was anxious about whether the intimacy of those beautiful albums on headphones could be converted live (separate thread suggestion: who makes that kind of thing work? Spiritualized?).
Firstly, I thought, and maybe this is an unfair personal objection, that their chat between the songs really ruined it for me, just so at odds with what I'd expected them to be like, as El_Goodo says above. I often leave gigs wishing i'd heard a bit more from the band, and you don't want all musicians to be standing in totally detached silence like Jason Pierce in his sunglasses, but seeing that the makers of this ethereal music were just clean-cut jocky types making sub-We Are Scientists 'How's the date going?' quips was just a bit disappointing.
And musically, I just felt it was the same tempo, with very little points where it felt like there was any connection between band and audience. Enormous proggy versions of some of my favourite songs that sucked the life out of them for me, and I didn't think the re-imagining of Parentheses as some big rocker really worked at all. Poor setlist - too much new stuff, especially early on, barely any Hospice, no Corsicana. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out nailed it, and then the last fifteen minutes was sublime - intoxicating version of Rolled Together, and great encore of Two / Putting The Dog To Sleep. But a lot of it, and perhaps I'm letting my underwhelm-ment get the better of me here, was just a little bit dull. Am I a philistine?
P.S. Any thoughts on the support, Arthur Beatrice? Thought they were fantastic. Girl has a gorgeous voice.
I had low expectations going into the gig as I wasn't a massive fan but it seems that you're quite a big fan seeing them for your first time, so you've got the weight of expectation.
Then you've got the fact that they changed the songs a bit from on record. Now this can go either way for me depending on the band. Sometimes I'm like play the songs exactly like they are on record but in person, with your personality / showmanship and in a great live atmosphere environment adding to the experience. Other times I want the band to change things up a bit, add a bit of live interpretation, see how they feel about the tunes. Personally, I enjoyed these post-rock re-workings which might be because I was tired, tipsy, sat down, loving the lights (the lights, the lights, sound like bloody Jimmy Corkhill). Any other time I'd probably be looking for them to bring the beat up, get a bit of urgency and sharpness going.
Also, I think we're both right in the banter business. The singer looked like a being from another planet bathed in blue light making those tingling noises with his guitar provoking the emotions of the songs. I totally got transported away to another place and then the lights went up and he's chatting inanities like the annoying kid in the office. The next time the lights go down I'm not quite buying the performance. Sometimes I want my bands to be normal fellas and other times I want to believe they're something else completely.