so you go see a band you love and they play a lot of songs from their yet-to-be released cd. hmmmm. there used to be consequences to this sort of thing. i’m thinking of the neil young trans show at maple leaf gardens in ’81. my cousin has told me glorious stories with a smile on his face of the whole crowd booing neil. maybe i should have booed last night — at least i would have felt something and been moved to participate.
last night at the raveonettes show i was mostly confused, with intermittent phases of satisfaction. i was expecting and ready to drink in their sugary ramones-meets-jesus and mary chain surf rock libations, and instead got a whole lot of nervous, awkward goth. it was confusing, and the crowd was quiet — like we were at church or something. maybe this is what a sisters of mercy show is like, i don’t know, but i was not expecting to goth out — whatever that means.
maybe at some point we can have a discussion about what a band owes their audience, what a fan should expect, and what is the contract between artist and fan. these thoughts were going through my head at the show — so i guess it made me think. i’m not sure though how much i want to think about social contracts at a rock show.
apart from the muted atmosphere, the show did have some high points, including an effectively stark stage design — and light sabers!
they played a couple of hits, including attack of the ghost riders which was amazing, like a buzzing sonic wall banging into me. there was even a duelling sonic guitar fencing match between sune rose wagner and sharin foo that was fantastic both musically and as musical theatre.
final thought: sometimes you go see a band and they throw you a curve. this was one of those nights.
next up: looking forward to the pixies at massey hall