I saw Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem last Sunday night, with Friends of Pipeline KariC and VictoriaL. It was a fun night, as we all got our Rock Star on and felt old as we began to rationalize the benefits of having a seat instead of having to fight for a spot on the floor. Actually I was already a convert to Life in the Seats, but it was a new thing for them. They’ll get used to it, especially if any of us follow through on the Live Music Club we talked about forming, wherein people sometimes get together and see live music. It could happen.
Hear me now and believe me later, Arcade Fire is going to rule the world in a U2, R.E.M kind of way. I think they’re that good, and have that much charisma and range. Their two albums are amazing, and all the material plays very well live. I was only lukewarm on their second record, Neon Bible, but now that I’ve seen the live show the songs have so much more definition. I’ve listened to it twice since the show and don’t understand how it didn’t grab me sooner. For serious fans or the otherwise unoccupied, there’s an outstanding 15-minute video of the band doing a couple of songs in settings that are difficult to describe at this website.
LCD Soundsystem was outstanding too, but unfortunately we spent a little too much time getting our Rock Star on before the show and only saw the final two songs of their set. First show in history that, when the ticket says 7:00, actually means the music starts at 7:00. We were all bummed about that, but at least we heard some of them, and the Arcade Fire made it impossible to feel bad for too long. I hoped I hadn’t missed a transcendental performance or anything. Reading this review didn’t exactly cheer my spirits. I guess the good news is they’ll probably be back.