23 Jan 2008, 14:11
Tue 22 Jan – The Arcade Fire
It's undeniable that a bigger band has the capability of being grander live than a smaller one, due merely to the fact that they have more hands to wave around and feet to stamp and voices to sing "ooooooh"s. In terms of grandness, though, Arcade Fire
are completely out of this world.
They started the set with Wake Up
, and it's just wondrous watching 10 people playing the shit out of their instruments and at the same time singing their hearts out, mouths wide open. They were all so passionately into their music and into the moment when the played that you couldn't help but be thrilled watching them.
Everything, just everything was so, so good. Especially:
- The seamless segueing of Neon Bible
into a drifting, beautiful cover of New Order's Age of Consent
- William Butler, especially how he plays everything with his mouth open and occasional punctuation with huge flying leaps.
- Regine's drumming.
- The bass in Headlights Look Like Diamonds