Trip the Light Fantastic 2000
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Thanks to Andrius Sytas. Who thanks whoever he was talking to for the 30 seconds after the gig outside venue -- you know who you are. Moments like these explain me that what I'm doing means something to someone, and thus is worth doing.
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Well, this one was superb - best so far by a long way. Sound was much better than last night, crowd was well up for it - set was a lot better balanced too. Opened with FALAA and we got Amphetamine Logic again (always good). Few odd happenings during the gig - glass of piss being chucked over the crowd early on, plus topless woman on sjoulders for This Corrosion - did somebody think this was a biker festival ? :-) Actually Corrosion was new this evening wasnt it ?
...oh, and Snub Nose appears to be changing title every gig it seems, This evening being christened "Numbers Called" according to the set list (ta Amanda).
What a refreshing change from Manchester! - Decent sound, decent crowd (no sullen goths, except at the back - pantywaists!), FALAA as the opener (sorry guys, you can experiment with other openers all you like, but this makes perfect sense, and it always will), respectable moshpit, people on each other's shoulders (can't believe I missed the girl with her baps out!), and generally a real party atmosphere all round. The band were VERY tight last night and "Crash & Burn" sounded like a definite candidate for a single release. It's also nice to see Eldritch enjoying it for a change, instead of chuntering on to himself at the back of the stage as he has on previous occasions.
To all the Dominionites I met last night (geezer from Nottingham, Sis' Europe et al), nice one - the ribs are smarting a treat this morning! To all the ones I didn't meet - see you down the front next time wearing the same ridiculous "trippy" shirt. Probably.
YES!!! It was excellent! The sound, at least just in front of the mixing desk, was excellent. It was my first gig of this tour, and in fact my first gig for more years than I care to think about, and it was great to see the transformation of AE. He's like a chirpy rock- pixie, strutting around the stage, cocking his head on one side, counting us in with his fingers, even smiling, fer chrissakes!
The new material, which I have heard briefly in boot form, is generally topping in a live situation - smoke, lights, crowd, girl with her baps out - though I'm less confident of how it will turn out if (when) recorded in a studio.
Didn't memorise the setlist, though there were few surprises apart from the welcome kick-off of FALAA. Don't remember much of the banter, either, apart from 'Simmer down!' and the fact that Romeo Down (I think) was introduced as 'This is one you won't know' and a few bars later as 'This is Capricorn'. But it wasn't (sigh).
So, to summarise, BLINDING! My fave Sisters gig yet!
I always loved FALAA as an opening call to arms, but the guitars lacked some clarity (or volume) to pick out that immediately recognisable riff - a criticism I would level at other songs too, like Corrosion, Temple of Love and Dominion. These are all powerful live songs which sounded great, but it is a shame to sacrifice some of the detail which gives them their great tunes. Overall, though, the sound was the best I've heard on the tour yet.
Rest of the set was well up to scratch with excellent versions of Giving Ground, On The Wire/Teachers and the anthemic Dominion/Mother Russia. Loved the car headlight lighting effect on Crash And Burn (very clever!). Summer is turning out to be a crowd pleaser with its catchy, Alice-like melody. Will I dream does sound laboured, but I think that it's just not a live song. I'm sure its strength lies in a studio version. I loved the version of War on Drugs as everyone in the band seemed to get out of time with each other, but not give a f**k, and AE yelling "War on drugs" over the top. Definitely one of the highlights. It reminded me of the 10 minute holocaustic noise-fest we used to get with Sister Ray. More please! Amphetamine Logic is always a favourite, but I wish Andrew would scream more. Is he trying to protect his voice for future shows - how selfish!
Having criticised the guitars, they were on top form in Snub Nose - with an excellent accompanying performance in the mosh pit. I'm sure they appreciated the dancing. I still hold out for the stage dancers though... and yes the solo on Something Fast was, indeed, particularly fine.
Vision Thing provided a climatic end to couple of climatic UK dates. Shame I'm not going to see the Spanish shows but the memories of these two shows will keep me smiling for a while... Top drawer entertainment yet again!
Did anyone else notice that the walk-on music last night was SSV with drums, and, I think, no singing?
The album seems to have been seriously remixed. I recall in particular `Knife, Paper, Stone and Gun', throbbing away with a sporadic sprinking of `War on Drugs`/`Fix' (live)-type thuds. It sounded incredibly sinister, very, very threatening. The whole thing was actually much more listenable than what he handed over to East West. I wonder what he will do with it, and when.
Anyway, both Forum gigs were brilliant, although last night's in particular. Don't really have anything else to add that hasn't already been said, except that:
1) what made last night's gig superior was the crowd. On Tuesday, I found the audience quite timid, even down at the front. Last night though, it was just wild. Also, lots of in between song quips (and I'm damned if I can remember any of them) - wait a minuite, here's one, near the beginning:
'Have you all been fed and slept?', I think.
2) Eldritch's shirt said `United Federation of Planets'.
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