if you're a concert-going fan, the question of the day might be where were you on september 28? for on that day, 3 great bands hit vancouver: arctic monkeys, ladytron and kings of leon. and although i'm not a huge kings of leon fan, i would imagine for some people, the choice would've been a toughie.
for me, it was arctic monkeys, hands down. sorry ladytron, love your music and already seen you in new york but your live shows are definitely too much on the muted, navel-gazing side.
now, if you've read my blog, you know i LOVE these guys. and if i was in my mid-20s now, i would probably be the biggest groupie. course, at my age, i just appreciate their songs and in particular, alex turner's songwriting.
the arctic monkeys played at the orpheum tonight. i had the aisle seat in row 7, baby. and with each album, you hear their evolution and with every concert i go to, i see an evolution in style too. with this album, alex turner swapped his hipster style for a leather-clad with 50's pompadour. i like it!
with each song played, it brought to mind a specific memory. flourescent adolescent took me back to my 2007 UK trip where my friend and i roadtrip and camped around in the english countryside. when the sun goes down reminded me of toronto island where the arctic monkeys were one of the big headliners of the 2007 virgin music fest.
so many good memories tied to their music...
course in concert, the group really go balls-out loud. they rock so loud that i needed to wear my earplugs. and in such an intimate venue, boy was i glad to have them. even the ballads were played on 11. and although i love the album version of suck it and see, i gotta say the stripped-down, acoustic version is rockin' my socks off.
i love how this band is maturing. they catapulted on the britpop scene at a young 19 and 4 albums later, they're still here and they're still amazing. with this new album, i hear jangly guitar influences of echo and the bunnymen and glasvegas with croony, moody vocal stylings of johnny cash and lou reed. but delivered in alex turner/arctic monkeys' inimitable style.
what a great concert year so far: interpol to open the 2011, arctic monkeys in the middle and maybe peter murphy + she wants revenge to close?