Thursday, September 21, 2006

Not so much

The Kasabian show last night at Webster Hall was disappointing. Not the band's performance, which was quite energetic, but rather the new songs off of Empire. They are pretty bad. Very bluesy rock, and unlike the stuff on Kasabian. Kind of like how Give Out But Don't Give In followed Screamadelica (which also coincides with their progression as Primal Scream clones). The new songs also have a touch of Heathen Chemistry-era Oasis, but not as good. Anyway, the surprisingly sold-out crowd seemed to enjoy itself. When Kasabian played their old stuff, like "Club Foot," "Reason is Treason," "Processed Beats," and "L.S.F.", the crows went especially mad. And the band seemed to have fun on stage, putting a lot of energy into the show. If only they stayed away from Empire...

Now, I'm a huge fan of Kasabian's live show, and I've said before that their live show was the best of the year. But there was something lacking last night - mostly when they played the new stuff.

Mew was one of the openers, and much like their albums, they had a couple of great songs, but a lot of slow, boring ones. Mew, whose members look like elves with guitars, has quite the flair for the dramatic - coordinating high-pitched vocals with the light show and bizarre videos behind the stage. "Special" and "Apocalypso" were great, but overall, the best I can say for Mew was that their show was "atmospheric." Very Pink Floyd-esque.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i couldnt agree with you more on this one. i was really disappointed last night as well. There is something about it that was missing. The new stuff just isn't that good. They were much better when i saw them last year because every song they played carried some punch. These new batch of songs are boring. Mew were good. Overall, it was a pretty average show. A lot of the people I was with didn't even stay for the end.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

The thing that was missing was the lack of decent new songs. The songs they played off their debut album were great, but then the new songs, as you correctly pointed out, lacked punch. No amount of posturing on the stage can change that. This show was nowhere near as good as their Bowery show last year.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed...i thought it was pretty dull to be honest. for some reason i just couldnt get into it at all. loved them when i saw them last year at bowery and at irving, but they didn't do it for me this time. and what it up with their guitarist? is that the same guy as last year? not the guitarist that sings, but the other guy...he was so bad! he looked so funny up there. it was seriously distracting! i'm not trying to be mean, but that guy was like one of their dad's! what happened there!?

12:29 AM  

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