Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Arcade Fire On The Mountain
1/30 - Arcade Fire - 9:30 Club
I like Funeral. That's like - not love. I appear to be the only person on the planet that doesn't think this was by far the greatest album of 2004. It's ok. It's interesting. Very busy. Definitely a "grower", but I just don't see what all the fuss is about. But with all the hype surrounding them, I couldn't help but feel like I was missing something. I decided to check them out live.
I took the Metro down to 9:30 and got there just a few minutes before the band came onstage. By the time I stopped at the window to pick up my Le Tigre ticket, they were coming on. Perfect timing.
Within 10 minutes I completely changed my mind about this band. They completely blew me away. Amazing energy. They were as much fun to watch as they were to listen to. Everyone in the band played at least 2-3 instruments (except for the 2 violin players). They were banging on every kind of percussion instrument I could think of - not even counting banging on the amps, walls, cymbal stands, or even the railing on the balcony 10 feet above the stage. They were literally climbing over each other and the equipment while still playing - at one point climbing up to the balcony and jumping back down. They were literally wearing crash helmets at one point. 8 people on stage at all times. They were constantly playing, singing, chanting, banging, dancing....they never let up. They played their entire album (I think) and cranked the intensity beyond anything I would have imagined. A few new songs too. Even after the encore they came into the crowd - still singing and playing. They crossed through the floor of the club, went up the stairs and around the balcony before they finally faded out somewhere backstage.
There are photos from the show here. They're not mine. If they're yours, let me know and I'll give you credit.
Edit: The pix are from Amanda. Very nice!
Shows like this are exactly the reason I'm addicted to live music. Arcade Fire was absolutely terrific on Sunday. "Show of the Year" doesn't really hold much water on 2/1. But they've certainly set the bar high for the rest of the year.