Friday, February 16, 2007

The Only Thing Better Worse Than Two Day Old Chinese Food Is a Two Day Old Concert Review

Here's a quick review I typed up last night upon returning from New York. Note the total lack of creativity and excessive use of the word 'fuck'.

The Venue:

Judson Memorial Church was fucking TINY. It was in a sweet location, literally
on the West edge of Washington Square Park. When we got there at about 6 there was a line wrapping around the church and halfway down the block. Turns out this was both the Will Call line and the people waiting desperately to get the 60 extra tickets line. We knew we had an hour and a half to kill so we hit a bar and got a few drinks instead.

Once we got in, it was funny. It was basically like a run of the mill church in Anytown USA, or Canada. The bathrooms were tiny and there were Sunday School classrooms everywhere. The "backstage/green room" was across from the bathroom and you could hear the horns and strings tuning and practicing 'No Cars Go' about 10 minutes before showtime. The actual performance hall was TINY. If tomorrow they announced that they were doing a concert at my high school auditorium, I'd be pissed because the venue would be double the size of Judson. The AWESOME thing about it was the space. There could be about 200+ more tickets sold easily, but they kept it small and easy to move around.

The Show

'No Cars Go'
'Black Mirror'
'Keep The Car Running'
'(Antichrist Television Blues)'
'Black Wave/Bad Vibrations'
'My Body Is A Cage'
'The Well & The Lighthouse'
'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'
'Rebellion (Lies)'

E: Ocean of Noise
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

show was predictably amazing. They're still roadtesting all the Neon
Bible songs. Some arent as great live as you'd expect, some songs are
just meant for the studio/disc. There was a bit of a lull in the crowd
before The Well and The Lighthouse, that picked up the energy, which
intensified 1000000 times during Power Out->Rebellion. I contend
that's always one of the best segues ever. Even though you know it's
coming, it still blows you away. The crowd was jumping, screaming,
singing, dancing all the way straightthru til the end of the encore.
It's one of the great things about Arcade Fire. You think you're in the
fucking band with them, ya know. There are so many parts to every song,
it's not out of the ordinary to think you're singing with/for them.

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