Wednesday, April 30, 2008

M83 - A Guitar and a Heart?


I caught M83 at Cargo on Monday night and they were pretty good. Not amazing, as expected, but perhaps the crowd being composed of mostly loudmouth jerks didn't help matters. The show sold out weeks ago yet the majority of people around me were engaged in group discussions of non-M83-related matters for the entire performance. Bizarre.

Curiously, Anthony Gonzalez's only comment during the entire show was "Can we do something about these lights? They're awful." A couple of halfhearted thankyous closer to the end of the set didn't exactly engage the audience. The fact that my favourite M83 track, "Unrecorded", didn't make an appearance and confusion over the aborted second encore (lights stay off; crowd screams for 10 minutes; manager announces that band will not return; lights go on) also soured the night a bit. Still, it was great to hear old stuff like "Don't Save Us From the Flames", "Run Into Flowers" and "A Guitar and a Heart" mixed in with solid new material including "Couleurs", "Graveyard Girl" and "Kim & Jessie".

And hey, if you're a fan of post/drone/kraut rock check out openers Kontakte. They were great.

M83 - Graveyard Girl (Yuksek Remix)

- a.m.p.m.

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