2009-04-01los campesinos! @ la sala rossa it's been more than a year since i've been to a show by myself.
the opening act was sky larkin. i had not heard of them before. to me, they sounded like typical indie rock stuff. a couple of really catchy songs.
i was really excited about seeing los campesinos! play, especially since i had missed their show at cafe campus last year (a venue that singer gareth hinted wasn't so nice). their music is so cheerful and full of energy, and their live set was no different. i love the guy-girl vocals, the way the guy singer always seems to sing just slightly off-key, the full-band shouts, the prominent use of glockenspiel, etc... at one point, guitarist tom tried to say a few french sentences, something about his mother being a french teacher.
one song that really got the crowd moving was "you! me! dancing!". it's quite clever, how that song has an epic build-up culmintaing in an explosion of sound, at the beginning of the song, such that thoughout the song, it's pretty much a dancing frenzy. (well, it was a dancing frenzy by indie show standards.)
ways to make it through the wall
the international tweexcore underground
documented minor emotional breakdown #1
my year in lists
drop it doe eyes
death to los campesinos!
"hahaha, we destroyed..."
knee deep at atp
all your kayfabe friends
you! me! dancing!
we are beautiful, we are doomed
sweet dreams, sweet cheeks
broken heartbeats sound like breakbeats
for the encore, they did that diy-basement-show thing of playing in the middle of the crowd.
i had gotten to the venue early, and found a prime spot in the front row. just before the los campesinos set, an art student/wannabe photographer muscled her way right next to me. throughout most of the set, she was pretty much in my face with her big fancy camera, taking countless pictures of the band, from every angle possible. ugh.
cd purchase: i got their non-album single "the international tweexcore underground".
hearing damage: although the show didn't seem loud at all, my right ear was ringing all night.