City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada) Date : April 22nd 2009 Grade : 3/5
Comments : I was really looking forward to seeing them again, after their amazing show in January. Tonight's concert was great as expected, and featured a special guest performer wearing a plastic ear on his forehead as well as live video projections.
Comments : I was a bit disappointed by their last show in September, but tonight's concert was pretty good. Setlist included 2 brand new songs (still untitled according to the band). I do however wonder what is wrong with their audience, mostly frat-boy type, not to mention the two girls who threw their bras on stage and flashed them.
Comments : Seeing as this show was right after Throbbing Gristle, I was worried that I would not fully appreciate it. My fears were unfounded: tonight's show was really great , including a neverending, crazy version of "Pink Lady Lemonade".
Comments : Announced one week before the date, the second New York show took place in a much more intimate venue than the previous night. The band started at the point they left off the night before and gave an amazing concert. The set included a great version of "Persuasion" and a very moving "Almost A Kiss". Probably the concert of the year and the best one I have seen in a very long time.
Comments : After an autograph session and an opening act, Throbbing Gristle were back on stage for a "best of" concert. A great setlist, although I would have liked to hear tracks such as "Final Muzak" amongst others. The show's intensity peaked towards the end, during "What A Day". A great show, yet I found it overall less intense than the 2004 London Astoria show, which still remains the very best concert I have ever seen.
Comments : Tonight being their first US show since 1981, Throbbing Gristle played two sets. The first one was a soundtrack to Darek Jarman's 1974 movie "In The Shadow Of The Sun". Totally different than the actual studio recording, the live soundtrack sounded improvised at times. Very interesting indeed and something I was really looking forward to see. However, the venue configuration was probably not the most comfortable for the audience.
Comments : Unlike the last in-store I saw at Phonopolis, this afternoon's show was packed. Unfortunately, the overcrowded room made for a less intimate show. Julie played for half an hour, including two tracks sung by the drummer.
Comments : A rather disappointing show, except maybe for a couple of songs. Overall, quite different than the recorded material I had heard. I have to admit that one of the reasons I went to see this band is because Dominic Aitchinson (from Mogwai) is the bass player. Sadly, Dominic is not playing with them on this tour...
Comments : Squalor is now a foursome with a new member playing live electronics. Their half hour set was surprising and very different than what I was used to and expected. The addition of this new member completely transforms their sound.
Comments : Another very nice concert of Cloudscapes, although maybe a bit long towards the end. Etienne's previous show at Cagibi is still my favorite, but there were some really great moments this afternoon as well.
Comments : And now something totally different by Thisquietarmy... As part of "Sunday Afternoon Drones", Eric played a very nice improvised ambient set without videos in the background. The whole event started around 3pm and featured 10 bands in a very nice (I would even say cosy) atmosphere.