I would say a down year on my concert calendar -- probably due to the lack of quality acts touring. In any event, have a great New Year and I will see you on the flip side.
(what I said then) That mystery behind her voice and performance is what made this U.S. debut show spectacular. After those two songs, I said to myself, "Where does she come from? How did she do that?" There were certain points during the show where she created tension with moments of quiet interrupted with a single guitar note or vocal injection. When she was done with a song, I finally got to breathe. She is that captivating. Usually, I'm blown away by acts who get you dancing or throw massive amounts of sonic intensity at you. With A.C., I'm blown away by her ability to grab a hold your of soul and squeeze the emotion out of it.
(what I said then) With her multi-colored warpaint and multi-dimensional music, Garbus is this little force of nature. As you can see in these photos, she screams and chants her way through her set. Her banshee calls and speaking in tongues is all part of her eccentric nature. Her music is sort of controlled chaos. You have her with her loop pedals and her backing band playing screeching their way through songs. It will come together eventually to make beautiful, fun music. The whole crowd jumped around when she jumped around, which shows the spell she can put upon a crowd.
(what I said then) Their performance on Sunday afternoon was a huge, invigorating dance fest where you forgot how uncomfortable and packed it was, and just let yourself go. The band has definitely become better performers with more live instruments like horns on stage. I think Friendly Fires should be placed above bands like Cut Copy or Hot Chip for their quality of dance music and pay-off at the end. Their just a much more satisfying band then those two.
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Anytime I've seen an American act in a foreign country, they've played like their life depended on it. Isn't it the reason these people started a band to begin with -- to make music and play to fans around the world? Thus, Chris Owens and company were jacked-up for the show. Well, as jacked-up a band like Girls can be. The group are low-key personalities, but they play with strength and conviction. Owens is not a chatty-fellow, but he certainly portrays the heartbreak and angst in tunes like Jamie Marie, Laura, Alex and Heartbreaker. His face tightens up and his eyes are shut tight as he hides behind his hair. As a whole, they might be playing sad-sack songs of whoa, but they look like they are having fun out there. Plenty of smiles and flowers for everyone.
(what I said then) Their performances were nothing short of extraordinary. What makes the veteran UK band pioneers at their craft is the intense mood they create, expert compositions and willingness to bend genres. Above all, their music is cinematic, heart-felt and deeply emotional. We go to shows either to drink and have a good time, jump around, be part of the scene, etc. With Portishead, they take you on a journey that is both stimulating to the mind, body and ears.