Monthly Archives: January 2013

foals @ oxford art factory 23.01.2013

As a band known for their performance on stage, Foals didn’t disappoint last night at the Oxford Art Factory. It was the second of an exclusive two night run of Big Day out sideshows and a return to the more modestly sized venues that Foals’ music started off at – compared to the arena tours that they’ve embarked on as of late. On a stage that was just large enough to fit all the equipment, they were clearly enjoying themselves as they comfortably jammed to a string of fan favourites. Everyone sang along enthusiastically to Olympic Airways and Miami Blood as the lead singer could be heard telling everyone to ‘up the BPM’ in between songs. The night was not complete without its fair share of stage dives, crowd surfing, and at a point which the lead singer performed from atop the bar, much to everyone’s delight.

Sydney was also treated to three new songs from their yet to be released album Holy Fire, with the fans already singing back the lyrics to My Number and Providence. My first impression was they were headed towards a heavier, even ‘hard rock’ sound, but still managing to retain the distinctive dance-punk sound that they pioneered two albums ago, the first taste leaving everyone eager as ever to hear their upcoming album.

Setlist:
Prelude
Total Life Forever
Olympic Airways
Miami
Blue Blood
My Number
Balloons
Providence
Spanish Sahara
Red Socks Pugie
Electric Bloom

Encore:
Inhaler
Two Steps, Twice

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crystal castles @ the hi-fi 17.01.2013

Tonight being the third time I was seeing Crystal Castles, I had a much better idea of what to expect from their live performance. And being the first time I was seeing them in an indoor venue like The Hi-Fi where the sound didn’t just dissipate into the atmosphere, it was perfect. From watching Alice Glass, the mysterious lead singer innately diving into the crowd more than a few times, to the convulsing sequence of lights, the experience was visceral. For me, it was difficult to pin down a specific highlight, as the energy sustained for the entirety of their 90 minute set with praise for their live drummer. Ethan Kath looked in his element as he head banged whilst operating various keyboards and synths. Wrath of God from the latest album, and Doe Deer were intense – but even more surprising was how engaging songs like Telepath, Reckless, and especially Intimate during the encore were. The 1500 or so people present had been caught in a trance by two elusive figures whom which most people don’t even know their real names, for an inexplicable mindfucking (for lack of a better word).

Setlist:

Plague
Baptism
Suffocation
Wrath of God
Doe Deer
Crimewave
Telepath
Alice Practice
Reckless
Celestica
Empathy
Vanished (Remix)
Black Panther
Not in Love

Encore:
Sad Eyes
Intimate
Yes No

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